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Pick the right real estate agent for a divorce home sale

There are several tips that soon-to-be exes should remember if they're selling a house in Texas while getting a divorced. For example, the real estate agent they select is critical. This is because selling a marital home during a divorce is not like a traditional sale. There are two individuals who are looking to end a relationship but are forced to work together to accomplish a mutual goal. This means that the real estate agent needs to have thick skin. They should be able to walk a fine line and not show favorites to either party.

Oftentimes, the real estate agent is called upon to be the voice of reason when the divorcing parties are in a sale-related conflict. The real estate agent must be neutral. They need to have the ability to view matters from a business point of view. It's never a good idea for the real estate agent to play the role of emotional counselor.

Technology changes how people interact after a divorce

Research has shown that the relationship between a parent and child has the greatest impact on a child's mental health after a divorce. Therefore, parents and children should be encouraged to develop that relationship by any means necessary. In some cases, this means Texas parents sending messages online or to a child's cellphone. While parents may not feel as if this is a great way to connect, the child will appreciate these efforts to reach out.

Allowing parents to communicate directly with their children can help the children feel cared for and loved. It can also reduce the chances that a parent will call or write but not actually get a message delivered to the child. In some cases, parents won't call a child at home because it means speaking with a former spouse as well. When parents are unable to communicate with their children, they generally know less about them.

Planning for a divorce

When saying their I-dos, no couple in Texas ever sees themselves getting a divorce later down the road, especially after vowing to spend the rest of their lives together and letting death be the only thing that parts them. Nevertheless, the fact remains that about half of all married couples end up getting divorced at some point in time, which means that couples are better off planning for the worst, regardless of what they might want to believe.

Bearing that in mind, a couple considering filing for divorce should mull a few things over first. To begin with, they have to ask themselves whether a divorce is really the right choice for them. After all, divorce can be an expensive endeavor. However, if the couple has its heart set on filing, then they should do their research: For instance, given that each state has different laws with regards to divorce proceedings, the couple should be aware of the laws that will be governing the dissolution of their marriage.

Study finds multiple factors lead to some divorces

Too much conflict, disagreements over religion and getting married too young may all be reasons that some couples in Texas get a divorce. The National Center for Biotechnology Information conducted a study of 52 people and asked what factors contributed to their divorce as well as whether the divorce was caused by multiple factors or whether there was one "final straw."

For example, while three-fourths of respondents said a lack of commitment was a factor in their divorce, infidelity was the last straw in the largest number of divorces. More than half of respondents cited infidelity as a factor, but nearly as many said an inability to resolve conflict was an issue. Some respondents said they had married too young while others said financial problems contributed to the divorce although it was not the main reason. Substance abuse was a last straw for 12 percent of participants and was a factor in one-third of divorces. Nearly 25 percent of respondents said domestic violence played a part.

How to prepare for family court

Although 2019 just started, many couples have begun to file for divorce around Texas. Some cities are more prone to divorce proceedings than others. Recent statistics show that Alpine, Rusk, Rockdale, Bonham and Atlanta have the highest divorce rates in the state. 

No matter how amicable the divorce may seem, contentious issues that couples need to resolve in court usually exist. You need to decide upon issues ranging from child custody to paternity. Regardless of which side you fall on, you want to be ready for when your day in court comes, and that means being aware of how to dress and behave. 

What Texas law says about guardianship

Certain family issues may result in a Texas resident being appointed a guardian. Those who are under the care of a guardian are known as wards. Generally speaking, seeking guardianship is an option of last resort. This is because it can result in the ward losing key rights. Prior to asking a judge to appoint a guardian, it may be possible to appoint or hire someone to manage an individual's finances or help make health care decisions.

A person could be a ward either temporarily or permanently depending on if their condition improves. The process of seeking guardianship starts by filing an application with the appropriate court. Once the paperwork has been received, a hearing will be scheduled. After the hearing, the judge will decide if an individual needs to have a guardian to protect their best interests.

Studies examine how attractiveness can affect a relationship

When people in Texas decide to marry, there are many factors that may draw them together. For example, couples are often physically attracted to each other as a major spark for a romantic relationship. While each person has an individual sense of attraction, social standards of beauty and attractiveness may influence not only how people feel about themselves and others but also how well they function within a relationship. Some researchers have investigated how well couples with a presumed disparity in attractiveness manage in a marriage.

People who are more widely considered attractive often receive higher levels of attention on dating sites as well as in bars, clubs and other venues frequented by people seeking romantic or sexual connections. According to some researchers, most people wind up in relationships with people considered similarly attractive to themselves based on social beauty standards. Some studies found that women who say that their partners are much less attractive than them are likely to be less committed to the relationship and more open to flirtation with others. Of course, given that this research relies on self-reporting, it may simply reflect disinterest or a personal lack of attraction, both of which can contribute to unhappiness and divorce.

Handling the family home during a divorce

Texas residents who decide to divorce may find themselves giving significant thought to how the family home will be handled at the end of the marriage. The financial value can be considerable; in many cases, real estate is the couple's largest single asset. As a result, many partners choose to sell the home during the divorce. Unlike an investment fund or bank account, real estate cannot be divided in two.

If a couple sells the home during the divorce, they can pay off any remaining mortgage on the property before dividing the proceeds. While this often is the easiest financial solution to the problem, future exes may also hesitate to take this step. Parents of children who have grown up in the home are often particularly attached to the house, and one spouse may seek to keep the house. However, there are some important guidelines for couples to keep in mind when determining how to handle the marital home.

The role of social media in a divorce

According to one divorce attorney, individuals in Texas and throughout the country are getting divorced because of social media. This is because it allows individuals to retain relationships outside of their marriage that may not be appropriate. Looking at other social media profiles may make individuals feel as if their relationships don't measure up, which could increase the desire to get divorced. However, it is important to understand that people generally only share positive or exciting news online.

Therefore, the feeling that a relationship isn't worth keeping may be worth ignoring. In some relationships, what may seem like a major problem is actually the result of smaller problems that have caused couples to drift away over time. To increase the chances that a marriage will last, an attorney urges people to take their relationships seriously. They should also choose a partner who is reliable and dependable for the long haul.

For some couples, a divorce coach makes sense

Once the decision has been made by a couple to end their marriage, some harsh realities begin to set in. Of course, the emotional upheaval must be dealt with, but when it's the right decision, people find a way to move forward. However, the financial costs can be daunting in consideration of splitting assets and establishing two separate households. Anything that can help the two come to a quicker marital settlement agreement is desirable, and for many Texas couples a divorce coach can play an important role.

Although the concept may be new to many, domestic relationship experts site several practical reasons why an individual may consider a divorce coach. Initially, it's easy to become overwhelmed and not know where or how to begin. A divorce coach can explain what needs to be done and help set a course of action. Secondly, a divorce coach can provide much needed emotional support during a very difficult time.

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