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Topics to cover in a prenup

Financial issues can be some of the most frustrating during a marriage and through divorce proceedings. The reality is that any Texas couple may benefit from creating a prenuptial agreement prior to marriage. This is not strictly aimed at detailing how assets will be handled in a divorce, but rather it is an opportunity for prospective spouses to work together at establishing a successful approach to handling money issues throughout the marriage. A carefully crafted prenup may minimize financial struggles from early in the marriage through the latter years.

Women more likely to initiate the divorce process

Texas residents who might be thinking about terminating their marriage might be interested to learn that a recent study found that there is a higher probability that the female spouse will be the one to initiate a divorce first in opposite-sex marriages. The study authors suggested that the reason for this relates to the roles both genders play in marriage, which still is often affected by traditional social pressures.

Child support modifications and interstate jurisdiction

Texas residents whose circumstances have substantially changed since their child support orders were issued may have difficulty making their payments. Because the law recognizes such things can happen, it allows people to file motions to modify their child support to seek reductions in the ordered payment amounts.

What to expect during an initial divorce consultation

Spouses in Texas considering a divorce are sometimes apprehensive before taking the step of contacting a family law attorney to discuss their options, but knowing what to expect can make the process a great deal easier for them. During an initial divorce consultation, an attorney may ask questions to better understand the situation. They will explain the steps involved in pursuing a divorce and how long these steps will likely take to complete. They will also go over the various options available to divorcing spouses.

Social Security benefits from a former spouse's record

Because Social Security benefits are not affected by property division during a divorce, a Texas resident might dismiss any thoughts of having a right to spousal benefits later on. However, spousal benefits may be accessed as early as age 62 if one's marriage lasted for 10 years or longer. Although this benefit might be available at that time, it may be wise to delay claiming it until full retirement age has been reached.

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