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The divorce process in Texas

Sometimes life doesn't go as planned. Two people may fall in love and get married, believing that they will be together forever. But people change and grow apart. Because of this, there is the ability to end a marriage as well. Whether it is an amicable or hostile parting, couples in Texas should familiarize themselves with the divorce process, as this can help them navigate the ups and downs of dissolution.

In order to file for divorce in Texas, at least one spouse must have resided in the state for at least six months. Additionally, the spouse filing must have resided in the county filed in for at least three months. However, how a couple proceeds with a divorce in Texas depends on whether the divorce is contested or not.

How are retirement assets split in a divorce?

When individuals in Texas and elsewhere get married, they are unfortunately faced with the thought that this may not work out. No one likes to think about divorce or a relationship failing, but with the divorce rate in the nation still hovering around 50 percent, it is important to consider this as a possibility. Whether a marriage has lasted only a few years or several decades, the wealth brought into the marriage as well as the wealth accumulated during the marriage needs to be addressed during the dissolution of a marriage.

How are retirement assets split in a divorce? Retirement accounts can be a hot topic in the divorce process, especially in a wealthy divorce. This often makes up a notable portion of one's wealth and, in some cases, this portion of wealth could be split between the spouses.

Helping you find a custody plan that works for you

The end of a marriage brings about many changes. It turns a married spouse into a single individual, it causes one or both spouses to move to a new place, it results in property being divided and it causes children involved to split their time with their parents. It can be difficult on parents to go from spending all of their time with their child to only half the time or less. However, establishing a custody arrangement is necessary.

For divorcing parents in Texas, their children are often a focal point. They may be the reason they seek to get out of a hostile marriage, and their best interests are what fuels them to request a certain child custody arrangement. At the Law Offices of Michael D. Tracton, P.C., our skilled attorneys understand that there is no one size fits all custody arrangement. Thus, our law firm can help you find the custody plan that will work best for you and your children.

Child custody and relocation

When parents split, the dynamics of the family often change. In some cases, one parent takes on the role as custodial parent while the other parent serves as the noncustodial parent. While the noncustodial parent does not see the child or children as much, they are still part of their lives. Even though the child custody arrangement allows for frequent visitations, if a custodial parent seeks to relocate, this could cause an alteration to this arrangement.

There are many reasons that can bring about a move. For most, it is new job opportunities or the need for a fresh start. However, when a custodial parent in Texas or elsewhere seeks to relocate, it is not automatically approved because he or she is the custodial parent. The noncustodial parent has the ability to object to the move, allowing for the court to make a decision on the matter.

What if your spouse wants half of your business in the divorce?

You and your spouse will, no doubt, have a very different idea of what is fair and reasonable in a divorce as you start to disentangle your lives. If you have spent most of your adult life building up a business, you may not take kindly to the implication that your ex is somehow entitled to some of the value of that business. This is likely to be especially true if your ex isn't actively involved in the operations of the business and wasn't involved in its initial formation.

However, just because you started the business doesn't mean that your ex doesn't have any kind of claim to it. Many different considerations will impact what the courts do with your business in a Texas divorce. What you invested in the business, when you started the company and many other factors will influence how community property laws impact your business.

Could your hectic professional schedule impact child custody?

Balancing your career and your family is never easy. When you go through a divorce with children, it becomes much more difficult. Many parents find it hard to devote adequate time to their children even when they have the support of a spouse.

On your own, you may have very little time to attend to important considerations such as transportation to and from school, hot meals, extracurricular activities and homework. While it may not seem ideal, splitting custody with your ex after a divorce can actually make it easier to balance time with your kids and professional obligations.

Managing your time during divorce: 3 tips

As a professional, you're often busy with work. You and your spouse tried to make things work between you, but with both of you out of the home more often than not, the reality is that you have to move forward with a divorce.

The thought of going through a divorce is devastating, but with no other alternative that you can see, you know you need to prepare. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to make sure your divorce has less of an impact on your career and daily life in Texas.

Divorce when you own a business together: Defining roles

Family-owned businesses are very popular. When people have a business idea, they often confide in the person closest to them, and that's a spouse. They launch it as co-owners because this is something they both care about.

Unfortunately, the marriage may not last. All of those long workweeks take a toll. People drift apart. Issues may arise over time, potentially including everything from alcohol addiction to poor financial habits to infidelity.

Questions to ask when adopting a stepchild

As a stepparent, you love your stepchild like your own. You feel thrilled to be part of their life. You already live together all of the time because the child's parent -- your new spouse -- has sole custody.

And yet, you still feel like you want something more. You want to solidify that relationship and show the child just how much they mean to you. You want to adopt them.

Grey's Anatomy star in lengthy divorce battle

Deciding to end a marriage is only the beginning. Once a couple files for divorce, spouses could be in for a long haul. While an amicable ending could mean a relatively fast dissolution, those that are more hostile could mean a lengthy battle. Even when it seems like everything is worked through, more issues could arise, causing a divorce to last years.

Based on recent reports, the Grey's Anatomy star, Jesse Williams, is still dealing with divorce issues. It has been two years since he filed for divorce. The two share two children ages three and five. Since filing, there has been an ongoing battle in court to address various legal issues.

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