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Husband's work status could be a factor in divorce

With divorces on the rise since the 1970s, there is some perception that more women entering into the workforce could be a factor. Since the stigma around divorce has lessened and women are better able to support themselves, women in Texas and around the country might be more likely to file for divorce. However, according to a 2016 study, women's economic status is not correlated to the end of a marriage.

Political disagreements causing relationships to end

Based on the results of a survey by a polling firm, couples in Texas and other parts of the U.S. might be more likely to break up over politics than in previous years. The firm found that around 10 percent of couples ended their relationship over political differences. More than twice as many millennials reported doing so.

Financial issues with separation in Texas

When a couple is considering a divorce, they may decide to separate. This may help people determine if they are better off ending their marriage, and it can also give couples a feel for what they will face living without their spouse. While there are a number of potential benefits to a separation, there are also financial dangers if people don't handle the process correctly.

Comparing divorce rates across 25 years

Current Texas baby boomers may be more likely to get divorced than the same age group was in 1990, according to figures released by the Pew Research Center. Adults age 50 and older in 1990 got divorced at roughly the rate of five divorces for every 1,000 married people. In 2015, that number was at 10 per 1,000 spouses; although, the numbers have held fairly steady since 2008. Among those 65 and older, six out of every 1,000 married people divorced in 2015. This rate is three times higher than it was in 1990.

Factors in failing to pay child support

Texas fathers who regularly pay child support are more likely to spend time with their children than those who have fallen behind. This was the conclusion of a study that appeared in the Journal of Marriage and Family in February 2017. The study was conducted by a professor at Cornell University and a researcher at a nonprofit organization called Child Trends. They looked at children born in nearly 5,000 families from 1998 to 2000 and followed up several times over the next nine years. Their findings were based on how much child support the child was receiving and how much contact the child had with the father at the age of nine.

What options are available for embryos in a divorce

As many Texas couples know, family planning can sometimes become challenging when issues with fertility exist. To confront this issue, some turn to in vitro fertilization in an attempt to become parents. However, there instances where the couple decides to part ways after the embryos have been frozen but not yet implanted in the mother. In those cases, the questions arise about who the embryos belong to and what can be done with them. These are difficult questions to face, and to answer them, some couples might even end up having to go to court.

Staying out of the courtroom with a collaborative divorce

Someone in Texas who is preparing to divorce their spouse might envision difficult courtroom battles and a bitter legal process ahead. However, not all separations have to be this way. Collaborative divorce is a method of problem solving and negotiation outside of the courtroom.

Emotions drive divorce but cool head needed

Couples in Texas strained by the emotional and financial challenges of the holiday season often create a spike in divorce filings at the beginning of a new year. The president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers has noted that every January produces a jump in divorce actions by 25 percent to 30 percent. He advised people not to initiate a divorce in a fit of anger but to consider the split from an intellectual position.

Grey divorces in Texas

Based on a study done by the National Center for Family and Marriage Research at Ohio-based Bowling Green State University, divorce for individuals who were 50 or older, also known as grey divorce, was twice as common in 2014 compared to 1990. There are a variety of possible reasons for this dramatic increase, but many experts believe that empty nest syndrome and the fact that divorce is much more acceptable are two of the most likely explanations.

Why a formal child support agreement is important

Not all divorced Texas parents have a formal child support agreement in place. A study reports that by 2014, the number of eligible parents with child support agreements had dropped to 49 percent from 60 percent a decade earlier. Parents enrolled in the federal Child Support Enforcement Program are better served overall, but fewer of them are getting the benefits of the program.

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