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Questions related to divorce and property division

It is hard to go through the divorce process. Not only will this change your personal life forever, but it could do the same to your finances.

As you begin to consider divorce or move into the early stages of the process, it is safe to assume that you will have many questions. While some of these can be answered easily enough, others will require more of your attention.

Protect your children and your visitation rights in Texas

When you go through a divorce, your main concern is your children. What will happen to them if your spouse is given custody? What will your visitation schedule be like? There are a number of questions you may have, so it's important to work with someone who can help you get the answers you need.

Reaching an out-of-court agreement could be difficult, especially if your divorce is contentious. Because of that, Texas laws do allow for judges to make the final decision on the welfare of your child. Before you head to trial, your child-custody related dispute will need to be heard and worked on through mediation. The court will look into the best interest of your child, but if you and your spouse can decide on a plan, then this is something you could submit to the court as an ongoing agreement.

Signs that divorce may be forthcoming

When you tie the knot with that special someone, you hope you are able to live happily ever after. There are times when this doesn't happen, which leads to one party filing for divorce.

There are many signs that divorce may be coming, with some of the most common including:

Get heard during your divorce in Texas

Are you going through a divorce? Is it uncontested, meaning that both of you agree that you want it to go forward? if so, then your divorce should be easier to complete in a timely fashion and typically will cost less than a contested divorce. You may not have to work with a mediator if you and your soon-to-be-ex spouse can work together to split your assets, and no judge will have to order a decision or outcome as long as you can decide on a fair settlement between the two of you.

Although you both may get along and agree on the divorce, you still need to make sure you don't get the short end of the stick. Your rights are important; you put time, effort, and money into this relationship, and you deserve to get it back out of the relationship when you divorce. You'll need to make decisions about property division, visitation and child custody, child support, and other issues in some cases, so it's important that you make sure the divorce is settled with your best interests in mind.

Tips for setting up a visitation schedule

When parents separate or divorce, it is important for all parties involved to consider the well being of the child (or children) above all else. For some, setting a visitation schedule is a relatively simple task. This is typically the case when both parents are flexible, knowing that they should do whatever is best for the child.

On the other side, there are situations in which both parents disagree about what should and should not be done regarding the raising of the child.

What are the penalties for not paying child support?

When it comes to the collection of child support, nobody wants to jump through hoops. Instead, he or she hopes the other parent is responsible enough to pay the money he or she owes on time and in full.

Even with the Child Support Enforcement Act of 1984 in place, it doesn't mean that every parent who owes child support is going to comply with the request of the court. Some people, for one reason or another, continue to dodge this responsibility in hopes of getting away with it over the long run.

Scammers threaten victims with child support in arrears in Texas

During the holiday season, the last thing you want to do is have someone scam you. This is particularly true when it comes to matters such as child support or spousal support, since they can be topics of contention in families.

Unfortunately in several areas of Texas, people have been scammed and told they would be arrested for having child support in arrears. The identity theft ring running this scam poses as a government or debt collection agency and claims it is seeking child support. Some people may have paid these scam artists, resulting in the news speaking out about them and to make sure the company is verified before you send payment.

The objective of Texas spousal support

If you live in the state of Texas and are going through the divorce process, there is a chance that spousal support could come into question at some point.

It is simple to understand the basic objective of spousal support. This is in place to ensure that both parties are able to leave the marriage feeling good about their financial position. If there is a disparity in income, for example, one spouse may be able to receive support from the other. This is particularly true if one spouse stayed at home to raise children, passing up a career, while the other worked.

Who gets the house in divorce?

Even when both partners realize divorce is necessary, nobody wants to go through the process and everything it entails. Not only can this be stressful, but it can also turn your life upside down in a number of ways.

There are a lot of questions to answer when it comes to the divorce process, but one of the most important is "Who gets the house?" Since a house is typically the largest asset that a couple jointly owns, this question is one that needs to be answered sooner rather than later.

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