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The reasons couples divorce have changed over the years

There are many reasons why a Texas marriage might come to an end. In many cases, disagreements over finances spark the discord, and they can become exacerbated when there is not enough income coming in to meet household expenses. This is particularly true when the main breadwinner becomes unemployed.

The likelihood of divorce for older couples

Texas couples who are over 50 might be more likely to get a divorce if they are in second or later marriages or if they have $50,000 or less in assets according to a study by the National Center for Family & Marriage Research. Some people may assume that events such as children leaving home or retirement could trigger divorce among older couples, but this does not appear to be the case. Furthermore, this age group is divorcing at a higher rate than they were in previous decades, but the divorce rate is still half the rate that it is for younger couples.

The impact of politics on marriage

Texas couples might find information about the impact of politics on marriage useful, particularly if they are seeking the reasons for disagreements that might even lead to separation and eventually divorce. Data from Wakefield Research, a polling firm, indicates that arguments over politics, particularly after President Trump's election, do have a negative effect on a relationship.

Complications when business owners divorce

If a Pennsylvania couple is getting a divorce and one or both own a business, the process could become more complicated and costly and might threaten the survival of the company. This is the case with a translation software business in Delaware where the founders were not married but were in a relationship. The two never created an agreement describing what would happen if the two split up and one wanted to leave the company. When the relationship did end, they could not agree on what to do with the company, so they went to court. A Delaware judge ruled that due to their deadlock, the company could be sold.

Gray divorce rates climb in Texas

Although the number of younger couples divorcing is dropping, 'gray divorces," those involving individuals over the age of 50, are climbing steadily. In fact, it has doubled since the 1990s. According to data from the National Center for Health Statistics and U.S. Census Bureau, for every 1,000 married couples who were at least 50 years old, 10 divorced.

Divorce proof your business

Good business managers know how to minimize risk, but they may not realize that a marriage could represent a major risk to their business. Texas community property laws dictate that all property acquired during a marriage is owned by both spouses. This means that property is subject to asset division in the case of a divorce. Unless a couple takes certain legal steps, business assets and increases in valuation can easily become entangled in the asset division process should they divorce.

Options for dividing a home in a divorce

Many Texas couples who are getting a divorce own a house together. They have several choices as to how they can divide the home. There are also a few questions to consider as well. For example, one or the other should think about whether they want to remain in the home at all or if that would be too difficult emotionally or financially.

Understanding child custody exchanges

When child custody details are being decided as part of divorce negotiations, one of the issues that is sometimes addressed is child custody exchanges or swaps. Texas parents should understand that these environments have the potential to become highly volatile.

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