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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.

3 ways to modify a Texas child support order

Separating from the mother of your children was likely one of the hardest decisions you have ever had to make. As you navigate the post-divorce world, you must learn how to share custody and pay child support. If your existing Texas child support order no longer works for you, you may want to seek a modification. 

Texas judges think about the best interests of children when drafting child support orders. They also generally consider the number of children a non-custodial parent supports, his or her income and a few other factors. As you may suspect, when circumstances change, judges may need to modify the child support order to ensure they continue to provide for the best interests of the children involved. Here are three ways to pursue a modification of a child support order in Texas. 

Tips for fathers dealing with child support and custody

Some Texas fathers might struggle to pay child support or get child custody. Courts still may favor mothers as main caregivers, and more than four-fifths of custodial parents are mothers. However, there are steps fathers can take if they are having issues with support or custody.

Fathers who cannot pay the full child support amount should at least try to pay some part of it. This shows that the father is making an effort and may reduce the likelihood of more severe punishments for failure to pay child support such as jail. Both parents are expected to support the child, but the court also recognizes that there might be situations such as job loss that can lead to an inability to pay the original amount. The father might want to consider getting an attorney and asking for a child support modification. A modification will not change the fact that the father still owes money for any missed payments, but it can reduce future payments.

How parents can help their kids after divorce

Many married parents in Texas decide to file divorce when things just aren't working out as they had hoped. While divorce can be hard for minor children, parents can take several steps to help their children adjust to life after a separation.

Ex-spouses can help their children adjust by maintaining a consistent routine. This works even better if both parents can agree on important decisions like bedtime, chores and extracurricular activities for their kids. When one parent has to discipline a child, it's important for the other parent to reinforce and support the parent's decision.

Personality traits and the chances of divorce

According to relationship experts, divorce attorneys and psychologists, people who have certain personality traits have a higher likelihood of getting divorced. Texas residents should learn what these traits are, determine if they have them and hold themselves responsible for their actions.

Selfishness is a trait that everyone has in some degree. However, issues with selfishness arise when it becomes a habitual behavior that makes the other person in the relationship feel inadequate. When the selfishness of one partner begins to harm the other person, the marriage can quickly devolve.

What you need to know about changes to alimony payments in 2019

Divorce is rarely easy, and changes in the federal tax laws are going to mean one facet of divorce is about to get trickier: alimony. In Texas, alimony or spousal maintenance support is either ordered by the court or entered into voluntarily. It can be one of the most contentious elements of divorce. If you are considering a divorce or your divorce is not finalized by Jan. 1, 2019, you need to know how spousal maintenance payments will change.

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How divorce may affect retirement

More people in Texas may be experiencing what is often called "gray divorce," or divorce for adults 50 and older, than in previous generations since experts say divorce in this age group is rising. While this is more common in second marriages and marriages of shorter duration, couples who have been married for decades are divorcing as well. For these couples, the split may be particularly complicated since they may have deeply entwined assets.

People in this situation need to take steps to make sure they enjoy a secure and stable retirement after divorce. They need to be able to make financial decisions without allowing the emotions of the situation to overcome them. This includes making sure they have the necessary paperwork and understand the marital finances. People may want to meet with a financial advisor to talk about their goals and how they can readjust their retirement plans.

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