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Workplace grind takes toll on family life and family law

Even in Texas, where the economy hasn't taken as harsh a toll as it has in other states, families have to contend with a host of tough issues. Finding secure jobs, earning the income to support a middle-class lifestyle, paying for children's education, and countless other worries plague families every day in the Lone Star State. Recent findings from a professor at MIT, who studied family issues in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, point to continuing family strife as a result of the recession.

In that portion of Texas, new jobs have materialized, but many of them are low-wage and don't offer long-term stability. Those who are employed must frequently work longer hours and under harsher conditions than they have in the past, and the ongoing fear of losing one's job adds to the heavy stress load. All this frustration can spill-over into workers' family lives, and divorce can be an unsurprising result. Fortunately, Texans hit hard by the economy can utilize collaborative law to avoid court during times of discord.

When employers turn up the pressure on workers, asking them to produce more and more, faster and faster, people are forced to turn their full attention to work. Consequently, relationships feel the fallout, especially family ties. Workers not only have to put in straining hours, but many have had to leave their families altogether and move to where the jobs are. Some marriages understandably find all this too much to handle, and spouses seek a new start via divorce.

For Texans who want to escape the costs of an adversarial divorce, they can enlist the help of a collaborative law expert. These professionals guide men and women through a divorce explicitly focused on fair, equitable outcomes for both parties. Since couples start working on solutions from the very beginning, less money is required for ongoing litigation. Enhancing these savings are the emotional benefits of a cooperative, respectful process.

Source: The Los Angeles Times, "Tougher workplace makes home life worse too," Alana Semuels, April 7, 2013

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