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Something like legal separation is possible in Texas

Each couple needing to separate, and both members of each couple, have their own reasons for making a change. It can be hard for marriage laws to anticipate all of those complicated needs and goals, and states have different ways of trying to tackle the problem.

Unlike many other states, Texas has no law specifically allowing for what other states call a “legal separation.” Such arrangements have some advantages of an informal “trial separation,” some advantages of a full-fledged divorce, and often the disadvantages of both.

How will divorce affect your finances?

If you’re thinking of getting a divorce, you’re likely drowning in questions. Along with the frustration, anger, guilt and stress, you face the uncertainty of life after your divorce. There are so many things it’s impossible to predict, and even if you’re not facing a custody battle, you may still be unsure what divorce will mean for your future finances.

Divorce means dividing all the assets you and your former spouse had collected. But it means more than just dividing your assets. It means dividing your debts and taking on new expenses, like a second house or apartment, and that’s why a 2010 study from the University of Ohio found that even a slight increase in a person’s risk tolerance could lead to a much larger chance that person would get divorced. Divorce is a huge financial gamble.

Domestic violence in female same-sex relationships

When many Texas residents think about domestic violence, they imagine that men are the abusers. While men do commit domestic violence in heterosexual and same-sex relationships, women who are in same-sex relationships are not immune to abuse.

Lesbian and bisexual women are at an increased risk of experiencing domestic violence, likely because of those assumptions: 43% of lesbian women and 61.1% of bisexual women have experienced rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime. By comparison, 35% of heterosexual women have experienced the same.  

Co-parenting can be successful despite a difficult ex-spouse

Co-parenting can present many challenges in the best circumstances, but a difficult ex-spouse can sometime make it seem impossible. You both agreed that co-parenting was the best choice for your children, but now you may feel like there is no end to the same types of arguments that contributed to your divorce.

A difficult ex can complicate your co-parenting experience. However, there are actions you can take to make the experience as successful as possible.

What financial documents do you need during a divorce?

Divorce is typically a stressful and tumultuous time as you go through a process that is going to disrupt a way of life you may have become accustomed to. Dealing with your emotions along with the relationships of family, children and friends during this time will likely be strenuous.

Managing your emotional well-being will be important. It is imperative you stay focused on your task at hand: finalizing your divorce. Early on your job will be to gather information and produce documents which can play a big part in your financial future. If anger, frustration or sadness continue to get the best of you during the divorce process, you may miss critical areas that may be regrettable later.

What to know about hiding assets in Texas

Some spouses do not want to let go of their prized collectibles or the family boat. And they are willing to risk criminal charges to protect belongings from their partner. But what implications does that have during a divorce proceeding?

Hiding assets is a massive problem across the United States, and many states use severe punishments to prevent spouses from concealing property or finances away during a separation.

Domestic violence in male same-sex relationships

When many Texas residents consider domestic violence, they may think about heterosexual couples. However, domestic violence also affects same-sex couples.

Men in same-sex relationships experience more domestic violence than people may realize. WebMD says that a recent study examined domestic violence among male same-sex relationships. The study examined the relationships of 160 couples. Incidents with emotional or physical abuse took place among 46 percent of these couples. The author of the study said that the rates of sexual or physical abuse among male couples seem to be similar to those seen among heterosexual couples.

How can you modify your custody arrangement?

Texan parents make custody arrangements in order to fit their life situation in that particular moment. However, things won't stay the same forever. Circumstances change, and you may find yourself needing to update your custody arrangement accordingly. But how do you do that?

FindLaw talks about what you need to do if you plan on changing your custody arrangement. The first and easiest option is by agreement. This method is somewhat self-explanatory in that it simply involves you and your ex-partner coming to an agreement on the changes that need to be made. If you agree, you can submit a written petition about the changes you want to make to a judge, who will usually approve.

What are a child's best interests?

As a parent in Texas who is in the middle of a divorce, you have likely heard about the "best interest of your child". Many important decisions are made with this as the guiding principle. But what exactly does it mean?

FindLaw takes a look into what aspects are considered by courts when they're deciding what is in the best interest of a child. Some have to do with your interpersonal relationships. Others have to do with how the child will react to the environment they'll be living in.

Separate for the right reasons

Separation might seem like a good strategy for many Texas couples that are having trouble making their marriages work. Even if you were to consider this alternative to divorce, it would be important that you were doing so for the right reasons. At the law offices of Keith E. Holloway, we I have seen the many well-meaning separations turn out much differently then the participants had in mind.

It is natural to think of separation as a way to cool off — to have another chance at making your marriage work. However, unless you were absolutely sure that your spouse felt the same way, the end result might not be exactly what you expect.

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