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Get your groove back after your Texas divorce

Divorce has a way of taking the wind out of even the most resilient of people's sails. When you pledged to love and honor your spouse until death, you meant those words sincerely. Later, when things changed irrevocably, you were brokenhearted over the failure of your marriage.

That is, indeed, understandable, and you have every right to grieve the loss of your marriage, as in many ways, it is like a death. But that is no excuse to give up on the goal of living your best life. If you are mired in regret and remorse, it's time to kick the "coulda, woulda, shouldas" to the curb and dive back into your life once again.

Common law, same-sex marriages under Texas law

Long before the legality of same-sex marriages became the law of the land here in the United States, heterosexual and same-sex couples had been shacking up and sharing their lives just as if they had walked down the aisle together. At some point after same-sex marriage was legalized, many of these couples wed.

As such, some are now divorcing, which presents some interesting questions regarding the dates they use when filing and answering petitions for divorce.

Decide which assets to pursue in your divorce settlement

Divorce is an emotional event in a person's life. Some people display their baser natures when going through a divorce. Especially if the divorce was unwanted or sprung on them out of the blue, spouses may attempt to retaliate via the divorce process.

This is almost universally unwise, but perhaps not for the reasons you might expect. When in the throes of a divorce, whether it is an amicable uncontested divorce or a hotly contested courtroom battle, it's important to keep your eye on the ball and bring your "A" game.

Postnups: The documents you don't realize (yet) that you need

Most people have heard of prenuptial agreements and have a working knowledge of why they are so handy. But fewer realize the benefits of postnups or why they really need one.

It's also common to believe that if you married without a prenup in place, you have no options. However, these legal documents can provide a framework for a marriage that can be beneficial to both spouses. Here's how they work.

Social media can be a helpful tool in your divorce

In a previous post, we talked about how social media can negatively affect you. However, there are ways it can work in your favor, too, especially if you have to collect evidence for your divorce.

While you know better than to post anything improper on social media (including photos, videos and information), your spouse might not. If you have access to his or her accounts or can see what he or she posts, this may be a good time to start collecting evidence, finding hidden assets and gathering information for negotiations.

Going through a 'gray divorce?' Read this first

In past generations, older couples with less-than-perfect marriages tended to soldier on together regardless of the level of dissatisfaction the spouses felt toward their respective partners. But while overall divorce rates in the United States are dropping, for those 50 and older, there is an uptick in divorce.

A divorce over the age of 50 can be harder to rebound from financially, as couples in this age bracket have fewer working years left to recoup any losses and build up their retirement pensions. In these situations, it is frequently the women who take the harder hits. Even if the woman in a so-called "gray divorce" worked throughout the marriage, chances are good that she earned a great deal less than her husband over many of those years.

Social media: Venting can result in serious trouble in court

Social media is a relatively new thing to come up in divorces. Prior to the 2000's, it was almost unheard of to have a spouse online spreading rumors or venting about his or her partner. Today, it's so common that it's almost something people ignore.

The problem with social media is partially that it has a history of everything you've ever done or posted. You might update it regularly to show what you did all day, or you might upload photos to share with friends and family members. Friends add photos of you, too. You have chats online, messages from others and share additional information out of the public eye.

2 difficult financial realities for elderly divorcees

From 1990 to 2014 the divorce rate for spouses over the age of 50 has doubled. For spouses over the age of 65, the rate has tripled. This means that more so-called "gray divorces" are happening at this time than ever before.

Just because spouses have more life experience at this age, however, does not mean that their divorces will be any easier. In fact, due to the complexities of shared assets and shared retirement savings plans, breaking up after 50 can be a lot more complicated financially than it is for younger couples.

Don’t overlook the benefits of a prenuptial agreement

When you decide to tie the knot with the person you love, you assume you will be married for the rest of your life. Unfortunately, this does not always hold true. There are times when divorce comes into play, meaning that you will face a variety of challenges and questions.

A prenuptial agreement may be just what you need in order to put your mind at ease before your big day arrives. Of course, there's one problem with this: You need to discuss this detail with your soon to be spouse.

How social media affects divorce for those over 50 years old

You've always been a fan of social media, and your wife uses it a lot, too. You're over 50, so it's perhaps not as usual to see people using social media, but you've both enjoyed being able to reach out to your family and to post images this way. Social media keeps you connected with friends and family, and now, it has the potential to give you lots of information about your spouse for use during your divorce.

Social media has the potential to affect your divorce in many ways. You may discover chats that lead you to recognize adultery has taken place, or you might use photos to locate missing assets. Here are a few things to keep in mind.

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