The prospect of divorce can be particularly daunting for spouses in Texas and around the country who do not make day-to-day financial decisions. These spouses, who are most often wives, may be uncertain about ending unhappy marriages because they do not know the size of the marital estate, how much money has been put aside for retirement or whether they can expect to receive enough spousal support to live comfortably on their own.
In custody cases, judges make a lot of decisions based on the “best interests of the child.” This is subjective terminology that may mean different things to each parent, so it can be a frustrating principle for either party to follow.
One of the most valuable assets Texas couples may buy during a marriage is their home. If the marriage ends in a divorce, there are likely to be disputes regarding what should happen with the property. Before making decisions about the home, such as whether one spouse should purchase the home in their own name, there are certain factors that should be carefully considered.
Studies show that people in Texas and across the country have widely different perspectives of how stay-at-home parents should be treated during a divorce. Around 25 percent of mothers and 7 percent of fathers across the country stay home to care for their children, in what is often a joint decision between both spouses in a marriage. There are a number of reasons why people make this choice; in the first place, many simply believe that a parent, especially a mother, is best placed to provide care for their children. For others, the decision is simply practical; daycare may cost more than the salary brought in by the stay-at-home parent.