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Making a financial plan after divorce

When a Texas couple gets a divorce, the standard of living for both might fall, but this is especially likely to happen to women. On average, the income of women is still about four-fifths that of men. One reason for this is that women are more likely to take care of children or older relatives. This means they may be available to work fewer hours, and this leads to fewer opportunities to advance their careers and save money.

Why prenuptial agreements might be smart choices

Texans may be wary when their fiancés propose that they sign prenuptial agreements. Many people think that prenuptial agreements mean that they are planning for their marriages to end in divorce, which may seem antithetical to why they are choosing to marry in the first place. There are many benefits of having such an agreement in place, however.

Estimating child support before going to court

A noncustodial parent going through a Texas divorce may be aware that he or she will likely be required to pay child support to the other parent. To get an estimate of how much the monthly payments might be before going to court, child support calculators are available. However, there are cases where they are not accurate.

Health care uncertainty leads to divorce postponements

Texas residents who have preexisting conditions or other concerns about health care and who are in an unhappy marriage may be postponing a divorce in order to ensure that their access to health care continues if the Affordable Care Act is repealed by Congress. The ACA came into full effect in 2014, and one of its provisions was that it prevented insurance companies from denying coverage to or requiring higher payments from people with preexisting conditions. Since it is unclear what will replace the ACA, it is possible that this situation could return in which people are unable to obtain insurance or can only do so at a very high cost. A 2012 study found that 115,000 women per year lost private health insurance as a result of their divorce.

Lies to avoid when getting divorced

Texas estranged couples who are ending their marriage may be dealing with many different emotions. They may also be uncertain about divorce laws in the state and may be getting bad advice from family members or others who mean well. One bad piece of advice is that one attorney can represent both parties to the marriage. This is not true as an attorney can only represent one person.

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.

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