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When a marriage must end in divorce

Some people in Texas might be struggling with whether or not they should get a divorce. Although this is a hard decision, some situations may mean the marriage can no longer continue. For example, a spouse might become abusive. This abuse may not always be physical. It can be emotional or verbal, but a person might not always recognize the extent of the abuse. Some people may only realize that they need to get a divorce when the other parent turns the abuse toward the children.

A relationship that is not abusive can still be bad for the children involved. Parents often want to avoid divorce because of the upheaval it could create in the lives of their children, but if children begin to notice conflict, it can be stressful and set a bad example for them. This may be another reason to divorce.

A person may decide to divorce a spouse who has an untreated addiction to drugs or alcohol. The addiction may have caused legal problems for the spouse, and the spouse may have a pattern of entering treatment programs and then falling back into the addiction. The other spouse might finally decide it is too difficult to live with this pattern and that a divorce is necessary.

Once the decision is made, there may still be some challenging times ahead. If there are a lot of assets to be divided, it could be a complex divorce. Texas is a community property state, so property either person acquired after marriage with a few exceptions, such as inheritances, is usually considered to be shared marital property. This means that even if there is a large income disparity, the lower-earning person may be entitled to half of the other spouse's retirement account, income and other assets. A high-asset divorce may mean needing to divide real estate holdings, complex investments and businesses.

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