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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. 

Family law changes may be expected in 2018

Spousal support payments may be undergoing a revision in the coming year. A federal tax bill can change the way individuals pay their support payments and how recipients claim the funds. The proposed changes will be felt in the courts of Texas family law as individuals negotiate settlements using the new terms. 

Divorce planning may include review of estate documents

During any major life transition, and especially at the end of a marriage, one will need to review those carefully drafted estate documents. Whether it is a trust or a will, neglecting these documents during the divorce planning can certainly cause issues down the road. Two recent court cases illustrate problems that have arisen for individuals who neglected to specify and/or update the documents. These issues can potentially extend to individuals in Texas, although the two cases did occur in other U.S. states. 

Do genes influence family law needs?

In an unusual news piece, a research study claims that the tendency to break up may be genetic. A study completed by two universities claims to have found a genetic link in families, making individuals from divorced families more likely to use family law services later in their own lives. The recent revelations may be of possible interest to people considering divorce in Texas. 

Two options for marriage dissolution

When it comes to ending a marriage, a person does have options. Most of the time, individuals choose the usual divorce route, but for others, an annulment is what they need. Both types of marriage dissolution have their pros and cons, and certain circumstances that must be met before being finalized. Individuals in Texas may be interested to learn more about the similarities and differences between divorce and annulment. 

Marriage dissolution solutions

The biggest tasks in life can usually be easily managed when broken down into smaller parts. From building a house, to getting an education, or even divorce, a person does not have to be overwhelmed by the complexity of the issue. In a recent news article, one person shares her tips for approaching marriage dissolution in a strategic way. Individuals in Texas grappling with this issue may find her advice helpful. 

Tips for speedy marriage dissolution

Sometimes the only way out of an uncomfortable event is to just go through it. This concept may not be appealing to a person facing a divorce with somebody they no longer want to associate with. But marriage dissolution, when approached in a certain way, can be sped up to allow both parties their freedom a little bit sooner. Texas area individuals may find the following tips enlightening as they move through a divorce. 

Americans more familiar with family law, feel divorce is moral

Perhaps not surprisingly, American attitudes about divorce are shifting. Some researchers have determined the increased approval of divorce to be part of an overall leftward shift on social values. Increased numbers of divorce have also led Americans to be more familiar with family law. A recently released Gallup poll shows the increase in morally acceptability of divorce. Those in Texas who are considering divorce may take heart in the poll's findings. 

Supreme Court clarifies family law for divorced military couples

A question of how pension and disability benefits are distributed between divorcing military couples has recently been answered by the Supreme Court. Many military couples in Texas and all across the nation had been facing this issue, with varied responses from the states. However, a May ruling put the question to rest for good and provided a consistent guideline to be applied by family law practitioners. 

Texas: Marriage dissolution and Social Security

Some Texas couples may be wondering how divorce can affect their financial future. Many people are familiar with financial concerns of marriage dissolution such as property and debt, but may forget about how divorce factors into the distribution of their Social Security. Divorce impacts Social Security benefits in a few ways.