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New bill challenges no-fault grounds for divorce

When a Houston couple decides to end its marriage the parties to the union may do so either based on fault grounds or through a no-fault divorce. Fault grounds, which include but are not limited to adultery, cruelty, conviction of a felony and abandonment, demonstrate that the actions of one of the parties led to the deterioration of the marital relationship. No-fault grounds, on the other hand, simply suggest that the couple wants to end its relationship without placing blame on either of the parties.

A Texas lawmaker recently proposed a bill that would end couples' abilities to pursue no-fault divorces. Under the bill the fault grounds would be the only way that a couple could secure a divorce; the lawmaker believes that by removing the no-fault grounds option from Texas law that more couples would stay married under the more difficult grounds' standards.

5 tax implications to consider during a divorce

When people think about divorce, they often focus on the emotional toll it can take. As a result, financial and tax considerations might take a backseat to resolving these matters. 

In many divorces, particularly those involving high-value assets, lack of proper focus on property division may lead to costly tax errors. It is vital for spouses to fully understand tax implications during a divorce, as seemingly minor decisions can lead to future complications.

How divorce can affect a man's health

Anybody who has gone through a divorce or separation can attest to the fact that it is a stressful situation, to say the least. It can be emotionally trying, physically draining and mentally exhausting to endure these conditions. According to the Huffington Post, research has revealed, however, that men may bear the brunt of it when it comes to a divorce's impact on health. Here are a few of the ways it can have an effect on men's lives.

Texas lawmaker proposes end to no-fault divorce

The lull is nearly over. Statistics show that many couples put off difficult family decisions until after the holidays. With just a few days left in 2016, it is expected that once again a large number of people struggling with unhappy marriages will head to the Harris County courthouse to file for divorce.

One Texas lawmaker is trying to make the divorce process a little more difficult. He said that by doing so, he hopes to make families and marriages stronger.

Advice from survivors of divorce

They got through it and they want to help others get through it, too. They are people who have gone through the complex legal process and the emotional turmoil of divorce.

In a recent newspaper article, they shared some advice for those facing similar questions about property division, child custody, prenuptial agreements and more.

Preparing your finances before divorce

Many people anticipating a divorce go through a combination of relational and financial complications. Fortunately, by taking calculated steps to organizing finances, monetary concerns can be alleviated. Divorces can be expensive, especially with assets and children involved. Learn how to begin getting your finances figured out before the divorce proceeds.

How do divorcing couples get through the holidays?

The holiday season is supposed to be a time of joy while spending time with family and friends. But, for those who are in the process of a divorce, their world may be turned upside down and the holidays may bring out feelings of loneliness, resentment and jealousy towards all the other happy families enjoying the holidays. These emotions may even spill out into the divorce and decision making process.

Protecting yourself during a high asset divorce

The process of a divorce is not always easy. Both sides must make efforts to resolve issues and problems. They have to make certain that each spouse's wishes are met or that resolutions are made to make the process as easy as possible. When decisions cannot be mutually agreed upon, it ultimately is for the courts to decide.

Altering child custody arrangements during the school year

A child's best interests evolve as that child grows. As a result, specific family circumstances that may have once served a child's best interests beautifully may no longer do so once a child enters a new phase of development.

If your co-parenting situation is no longer structured in a way that best reflects your child's developmental needs, you may be thinking about altering that situation. Unfortunately, there is no perfect time to alter one's parenting agreement. But fortunately, there are steps one can take to amend a parenting agreement in healthy ways no matter when that transition needs to be made.

How can a prenuptial agreement help a couple before marriage?

The months, weeks and days leading up to a wedding are supposed to be a joyful and exciting time. The prospect of entering into a marriage with the promise of a lifetime of love and the start of a new family together cannot be understated. But, unfortunately, the fact remains that in the United States nearly half of marriages ultimately end in divorce. And, the divorce process can often turn ugly with emotions, resentment and blame running high.

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