Divorce can be a time of personal turmoil for people of any age, and in Texas, the number of young people going through the often difficult process continues to rise. Fans of the show "Teen Mom OG" recently got an inside look at the suffering of cast member Bristol Palin, and some of the revelations caused her mother, well-known politician Sarah Palin, to become emotional. Bristol is in the middle of a bitter divorce, and some of the details have become the subject of the show's plot.
When Texas couples decide they are ready to end their marriages, they will need to make themselves familiar with the state's legal process regarding the dissolution of marriage. Divorce can be a confusing endeavor, especially if the circumstances surrounding a split are less than amicable between the opposing spouses. Like each marriage, each divorce is different, and highly publicized celebrity divorces are no exception.
Most Texas couples would probably never consider ending their marriage if both spouses are happy in the relationship. When most people consider divorce, it is usually due to a serious issue on which neither spouse can agree. While this may be the norm, it is not always the case.
For many Texas residents, their wedding day is likely remembered as one of the happiest days they will ever experience. Finding someone to share the rest of their lives with is an exciting and emotional journey. Though most couples make every effort to make sure both parties have disclosed any potential snags prior to tying the knot, unfortunately, sometimes pertinent information falls through the cracks, such as a divorce that has not been finalized, and the dishonesty or ignorance of one person can devastate the hopes and dreams of the other.
Texas residents are likely aware that the termination of a marriage can be an emotional journey as well as a legal one. Each divorce is different, and people may struggle to adapt to their new circumstances. Even in situations where a divorce is not contentious, people may find themselves overwhelmed with confusion.
As the largest state in the nation, Texas is home to nearly 30 million residents. A beautiful backdrop of scenic landscapes coupled with a unique culture makes Texas one of the most popular states in the nation to live, work and raise a family. While some people are able to maintain their 'American Dream,' not everyone is so fortunate. Sometimes, for myriad reasons, couples and families can find themselves in the midst of a divorce, and alimony is often a sticking point in the proceedings.
Texas couples may choose to end their marriage for a variety of reasons. Much like each marriage, every divorce is unique. Some divorcing couples may find the process to be straightforward, while others may find it a bit more complicated. Recently, new laws have changed the way alimony will be taxed.
These days, the notion of a common-law marriage can seem a bit antiquated. However, in a handful of states, including Texas, this type of marriage still exists. The rules of common-law marriage can vary from state to state. Individuals in a recognized common-law marriage may still find themselves eventually in need of a divorce. In that case, the couple must still undergo the usual divorce proceedings.
More and more people are choosing to end their marriages later in life. Although divorce rates overall have declined, a certain sub-group of individuals, those over 50, have increased their rates of marital breakups. This phenomenon happens often enough that some researchers have begun to study the effects of what is known as gray divorce. For individuals in Texas who may be considering ending a marriage, the research may be useful.
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.