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Does gray divorce carry a gender bias?

That older couples are divorcing at a higher rate than in the past is clear. We've written about this on occasion over the past few years, most recently in February. Data collected by Pew Research Center shows divorce rates doubled for couples 50 and over. If you narrow the age-range to those couples 65 and over, divorce rates have tripled.

Experts offer a range of rationales for why. One is that divorce doesn't carry the social penalties it once did. Another reason is that many divorcees have done this before. The social easing noted above occurred decades ago but still involved the baby boom generation. A third reason suggested is that the timing is right. The kids are gone. Perhaps the love is too, and so there's desire to get more out of the time that remains.

Staying abreast of changes in child support calculations

Being a parent is not easy. It doesn't get any easier if you happen to be an unmarried or divorced parent. Meeting child support obligations can pose significant challenges. Texas law seeks to provide a formula to structure plans that equitably reflect the best interests of the children based on how much each parent earns and how much time each spends with the children.

Still there often are disputes. And, every once in a while, as the realities of life change, lawmakers tweak the formulas. Just such changes are due to take effect this year and so we offer a brief look at some of the more significant alterations coming.

Tips For Successfully Co-Parenting This Summer

It can be difficult enough to agree on how to raise children when you are married. Trying to agree on parenting once your marriage or partnership has dissolved? A challenge to say the least. With summer right around the corner, you may be about to face some additional co-parenting challenges due to your summer possession schedule. Here are some tips to help the summer go smoothly with your family.

Premarital Agreements - What You Should Know v. What You May Think

Premarital agreements tend to carry the stigma of a marriage doomed to fail, but that is simply not the case. Premarital agreements aren't just for the rich & famous or for those who don't have faith in their marriage lasting. Premarital agreements are useful for blended families, second marriages, business owners, first-time marriages or marriages later in life. Another similar option is a postmarital agreement.

What are common co-parenting challenges?

Parenting can be an enigmatic endeavor. Not long ago, a major national magazine framed the issue clearly. According to general research findings cited in the article, few parents regret having been parents and many single adults regret never having had children. At the same time, however, parenting doesn't necessarily elicit joy. Many respondents said they don't like the job. Further, research indicated mothers experience less happiness than fathers, and single parents are even more unhappy. Now, add in the factor of divorce.

When parents divorce, it creates new strains on an already broken relationship. It can take a significant amount of maturity and commitment for adults to find ways to foster the various relationships, roles and responsibilities when caring for the children requires plans for co-parenting.

'Do' and 'Not Do' tips regarding retirement assets in divorce

The dissolution of a marriage is rarely simple. Legally, ending an average Texas marriage might be easier when the couple is younger. However, because assets accumulate over the course of a union, the process tends to become more complicated if the couple is older. Valuation of real assets, such as homes, requires skill. There are issues of how to divide marital debts to consider. Also, there can be questions of retirement savings.

In the past several decades, the makeup of those assets has changed a great deal. Funds that might have been held in pension plans are more widely distributed. Money can be in individual retirement accounts, or joint funded accounts or stock options. With the divorce rate rising for couples 65 and older, the sum of diffused funds can make retirement money the single largest asset a couple shares.

Investing In Your Future After Divorce Starts Before You File

When most people think of life events which can negatively impact one's financial future, the first to come to mind may be a disability, death of a spouse, change of employment, or a medical emergency. Many do not consider divorce, which can have the most significant impact on your financial future.

Divorce will impact your financial situation now and for many years to come. So where do you start when your financial stability is at stake?

What are some baseline provisions of a Texas co-parenting plan?

Language is dynamic. Once common terms and phrases get replaced by new ones as times change. What was once alimony is now commonly referred to as spousal support. Where children are concerned, what used to be called custody and visitation is often referred to as parenting plans.

Not surprisingly, parenting plans today vary according to your family's unique circumstances. From a legal perspective, nearly any arrangement is possible if both parents agree to it and if the court concurs it is in the best interests of the children. Still, the concept known as co-parenting or shared parenting is one that is growing in application. What does such a plan look like?

Common Divorce Mistakes With Simple Solutions

Most people learn from experience. Whether it is riding a bike, golfing, cooking, or playing guitar, you usually aren't an expert on your first try. Learning and being successful usually require practice and gaining experience. So how are you expected to be successful navigating through a divorce, likely something you have neither practiced nor have experience with?

The reality of age creep in divorce

For the late, great David Bowie, Golden Years seemed to reflect budding youth. At least that's the sense of the lyrics he wrote for his hit song by that title. A more traditional interpretation of golden years is that period of retirement – a time to slow down and enjoy life.

Happily married couples likely look forward to these years, anticipating doing the things they always talked about, but never did because work, children – life – got in the way. For those in hapless relationships, the golden years may prompt dread. They are older, but still ready to go. Some may ask, "Why spend the time I have left with someone I don't love or like?"

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