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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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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