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January 2018 Archives

Accurate child support can rely on appropriate business valuation

When two people separate, sometimes the most valuable asset is the family business. It can be challenging to determine the exact value of a business and also to decide how it will be handled in a divorce. For some individuals in Texas, the value of the business can affect the amount of calculated child support payments. 

Evidence suggests shared child custody can benefit children

It's no secret that divorce is hard on everyone involved, especially the children who are sometimes caught in the middle. In the past, the usual method for selecting child custody was to award one parent sole custody and make the other parent a part-time visitor. Recent evidence suggests that shared custody can help children in Texas. 

Divorce can sometimes be avoided by a postnuptial agreement

The beginning of the year in Texas and elsewhere is traditionally the busiest time of the year for new divorce filings. Some couples, however, do not get out of the starting blocks due to inertia, not wanting to rock the boat, financial interdependence, a desire to maintain stability for the children and a host of other considerations. There are options to divorce in cases where the facts may support legal innovations.

Divorce planning can prevent unpleasant financial surprises

January brings a wave of unhappy people looking to separate from their spouses. Whether it is the stress of the holiday season or the promise of renewal in the New Year, for some reason, divorce requests peak in January in the United States, and Texas is no different. Unfortunately, a breakup can leave a person in a financial pinch, but with divorce planning, a person may be better prepared to face a new life alone. 

Tips on preparing for divorce

It has been said that the first part of the year is peak season for marital breakups. After the holidays can be a stressful time for couples, with one in five couples being ready to call it quits after the holiday season. One study shows that divorces peak in the United States in March and August, so it appears that couples are also tempted to end it at a few particular points of the year. A person in Texas facing a divorce, no matter what time of the year, may be wondering what steps can be taken to prepare for an upcoming divorce.