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Analyze your social media presence when considering divorce

In 2018, it seems like everyone has a go-to social media site. Whether it's browsing Facebook or firing off tweets, social media has become a staple of daily life. While these sites help us stay connected to people all over the world, they can have unintended consequences.

Couples beginning a divorce may find out the hard way that their online history can impact their case in a number of ways. If a spouse is claiming to be low-income but posts pictures courtside at a Rockets game, the court might take that into account. Likewise, if there is offensive content on a parent's profile, it may affect the outcome of custody battles. 

How does property division work in a Texas divorce?

Dividing assets in a divorce can be a contentious, complicated process. Because many people have never been through it before, they often don't know what to expect and may not understand how the process works. Factor in fears about losing property and money and it is not surprising that this is such a difficult step in a Texas divorce.

One way to alleviate some of the anxiety surrounding this process is to have a better understanding of it works. Below, we explain some of the basics of property division in Texas divorces.

Conservatorship after divorce may change over time

One of the only certainties in life other than death and taxes is change. Your life changed in profound ways following your marriage and the birth of your children, but now another less welcome change could be on the horizon - divorce. While divorce will signal a shift in your lifestyle as a person, you are still a parent to your children.

How do you know when it's time to call it quits?

The difficulties you have been having in your marriage may be causing you to consider things you never dreamed you would. Maybe you are in marriage counseling, have already tried a separation or are thinking of leaving for good.

These thoughts, your emotions and the problems you and your spouse are having may have seemed minor in the beginning. In fact, the issues that are tearing your marriage apart may be similar to problems you have seen other couples go through. Nevertheless, those couples came out stronger, and your marriage seems to be ending. What is the difference?

Joint custody: Parenting together for the benefit of your kids

The end of a marriage is a complicated time for Texas families, and some parents may want to minimize the negative impact that this step can have on their kids. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to child custody and visitation matters, but many families find that joint custody works well and allows the kids to have strong relationships with both parents post-divorce.

Joint custody may not necessarily be the right choice for you, but it is an option you may find worth considering. For many parents, setting aside temporary emotions and working together for the benefit of the children is well worth the effort. Before you make any critical decisions regarding child custody, you may find it worthwhile to learn more about the benefits of joint custody.

The financial worries attached to getting a divorce

If you have been primarily dependent upon your spouse throughout your marriage, the thought of having to make it on your own after your divorce goes through may be downright scary. There are a lot of financial worries that come with the dissolution of marriage. Thankfully, spousal support may help ease some of those fears.

The award of spousal support, also known as alimony, is not the result in every divorce case. You need to qualify. If you do qualify, this may not be a benefit you get for very long.

Pursuing the brightest and best future possible for your child

The end of a relationship is often a stressful and challenging period. Couples who stay together for an extended period often end up intertwined both emotionally and financially. Unravelling these ties can be difficult, but could ultimately lead to a better situation for both parties over time. However, when children are involved, the situation can be significantly more complex.

Perhaps you and your significant other have decided to part ways, leaving you to wonder how the process will affect your kids. Chances are, you probably consider the future of your children to be of the utmost importance and understanding what to expect during custody negotiations might help you prepare for the road ahead.

Should your child support order change with your circumstances?

Texas parents both have the legal responsibility to financially provide for their children after divorce. Child support orders generally reflect the circumstances that were present at the time that the divorce was final, but time can bring significant financial changes to one or both parents.

Is your future ex-spouse hiding assets from you?

Texas law requires divorcing spouses to fully disclose their financial standing. This is so the courts can divide the marital property fairly. However, this law does not prevent individuals from trying to deceive their spouses by misrepresenting their incomes or hiding assets.

Keeping Yourself Golden When Divorcing In Your Golden Years

Divorce rates are going up quickly for baby boomers, having doubled between 1990 and 2014 for adults over 50 and tripled for adults over 65. Although baby boomers who are going through divorces do not generally have to worry about child custody issues, they have to deal with other issues that are not a problem for younger couples. One of these involves figuring out how to divide up retirement accounts.

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