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Adult children and their role in divorce

All across Texas, the number of "silver splitters" is on the rise. They are people in their retirement years who decide to get a divorce. However, what many of them don't consider the impact that their divorce can have on their adult children.

As the New York Times states, it's never too old for a child to be hurt by a parent's divorce. Adult children tend to be expected to handle a split better simply by virtue of no longer being young children. But while they may understand divorce better than their younger counterparts, that doesn't necessarily mean it will be easier for them to handle it in actuality. In fact, some early studies have shown that adult children may have a harder time adapting to changes. This is possibly because their family dynamics have been the same for a longer period of time.

Situations in which child support can be modified

When parents in Texas divorce, one parent will likely be called upon to make child support payments. While these payments can be crucial for supporting one's child, they can also potentially become a problem if the person paying support ends up with a changed financial situation. What do you do in those cases?

FindLaw examines the option of child support modification. This is the act in which child support orders are modified due to a change in financial circumstances. There can be many different reasons to request a modification. Most have to do with the supporting parent losing income in some way. This could mean that they lost their job or were demoted. In rare cases, the supporting parent may have gotten arrested. They may be a member of the military, navy or air force and were relocated elsewhere. They may have even married and formed a new family that they now must now support.

Avoiding common mistakes in your divorce

If you are heading toward divorce, the chances are good that you can look back over your marriage and identify mistakes you have made. Perhaps those mistakes contributed to the breakup, or maybe they simply made things difficult for you and your spouse. No matter the case, in hindsight you would probably avoid those mistakes if you could.

The same may be true for your divorce. It is far better to avoid the mistakes in the first place than it is to look back with regret. Some mistakes in a divorce can complicate the proceedings or leave you struggling for years after the divorce is final.

How estate planning benefits blended families

If you have been divorced or widowed and found a new partner, you certainly have many reasons to be happy about your future. Many people in Texas are able to move forward with a new marriage and create the life they have long dreamed of. However, before you walk down the aisle and say, "I do" yet again, you should make sure that your long-term plans are in order. A good estate plan is a must for remarried spouses, especially when one or both partners has children from their prior marriages.

Forbes explains that in lieu of a will or trust that clearly outlines what you might want your children or grandchildren to inherit, everything might go to your spouse if you die first. Regardless of what verbal agreements the two of you have made, your spouse could make different decisions once you have passed away. Many things could factor into this happening and you would not be able to predict these nor prevent their decisions.

Gray divorce and poverty risk for women

Married people in Texas know that they live in a community property state so that if they get divorced, their assets may be split regardless of the name on an account or other ownership except in some cases, such as when a prenuptial agreement dictates otherwise. This loss of assets can be devastating for any person but it seems that it can be particularly difficult on women who get divorced after the age of 50.

Yahoo Finance indicates that women 63 and older who have been divorced have a noted poverty rate of close to 27%. That is apparently nine times greater than the poverty rate for men or women who are still married. Among men aged 63 or older who are divorced, the poverty rate is said to be just above 11%. 

What is parental alienation?

There are plenty of legitimate reasons why a divorced parent in Texas may wish to relocate to a different state. However, it is also possible that your ex-spouse may choose to relocate in an attempt to drive a wedge between you and your children. If this is the case, it may be part of a larger pattern of parental alienation. 

According to The Good Men Project, parental alienation occurs when a child turns away from one parent as a result of manipulation by the other parent. The child does not consciously realize that the manipulation is taking place. If asked, he or she will usually report that turning away from the other parent was his or her own idea. Nevertheless, this pattern of behavior does not emerge in children whose parents are psychologically healthy and able to maintain at least a measure of cordiality with one another. 

Property division and securing your post-divorce future

What's going to happen to your money if you divorce? How will this decision impact your financial future? These are just a few of the many questions you probably have as you prepare to move forward with the process of ending your marriage. It's normal to have concerns about your future, and it can be helpful to learn about what you can expect from this process.

Property division is one of the most complex issues in a divorce. In fact, it's an issue that can cause a significant amount of fighting and disagreements. When you know what to expect, you're less likely to find yourself in a costly and stressful legal dispute, and you can fight for the strong and stable post-divorce future you deserve.

Can my spouse keep the house after our divorce?

If you are one of the many people in Texas who is facing a divorce, you will have many difficult decisions with which to deal. Even if the face of the emotional impact of your divorce, you will need to assess many of these decisions from a practical, financial perspective. The more you can take emotions out of the decisions, the better it might be for you in the long term.

If you own a home with your spouse, it is not uncommon for that person to want to keep the house after your divorce is over. This is especially common if you have young children together as your partner might be very focused on trying to maintain stability wherever possible for the sake of the kids. Before you rush in and allow this to happen, you should understand how to protect yourself against future credit problems or collections efforts.

Do you know these useful tips for high asset divorces?

Texan residents like you who are getting a divorce may have extra hurdles to jump if you have a lot of assets. Today, we at Law Thompson, P.C., will discuss some tips that you can use if you're dealing with a high asset divorce and all of the struggles that come with it.

Some tips have to do with how the case is handled in court, with the first being to keep as much of your information private as possible. You can do this by requesting for certain documents to be sealed. This makes it so that only the related parties and the court can view the content, keeping potentially sensitive information safe from the eyes of the public.

What is considered acceptable child support spending?

As the parent with primary custody, you should receive court-ordered child support from the non-custodial parent. You and other Texas residents who get child support may also get unsolicited advice and information from well-meaning family and friends - some of it incorrect. Understandably, this may leave you feeling confused and worried as to how you can spend child support and whether your spending will be monitored or controlled.

First off, it may give you some peace of mind to learn that your ex-spouse may not dictate how you spend child support or demand receipts. The family law court will also not tell you how to spend the money or ask for proof of your spending habits. What can you spend your child support money on, you may wonder? As you know, this money is meant for the benefit of your children, but you have a great deal of freedom as to the expenses you deem necessary for their physical and emotional well-being. For example, as FindLaw explains, you may spend child support on necessities, such as rent, clothing, food and utilities. You may also find it helpful for medication, doctor appointment co-pays, school supplies and emergencies.


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