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Getting organized may make divorce process less stressful

A marital breakup is oftentimes a hard process from both an emotional and a logistical standpoint. However, one thing that a person can control is how prepared he or she is for the divorce proceedings. Here are a few steps that divorcing individuals can take to prepare effectively for their proceedings in Texas.

First, it may behoove those going through divorce to take inventory of several items early on. For instance, they can gather their balance sheets and financial statements, as well as their property deeds and their loan/mortgage documents. Other important items to collect include wills and trusts, statements for credit card accounts, and insurance policies.

Parent-child communication can help teens following divorce

The process of getting divorced in Texas can be difficult for the entire family, especially teen children. This is particularly the case if child custody is a sticking point for the two parents. However, research shows that, after divorce, the parents can maintain positive communication with their teen children, using communication methods such as FaceTime and texting.

In a recent study, researchers looked at data from about 400 divorced fathers and mothers with children in the age range of 10 to 18 years. They pinpointed three kinds of co-parenting relationships: conflictual, cooperative and moderately engaged. Then, they looked at what made the parents' relationships with the children different in these three situations.

Subpar education, religious differences contribute to divorce

Research shows that the divorce rate is decreasing throughout the United States, including Texas. However, divorce is still inevitable in many situations and for a variety of reasons. Here is a glimpse at a couple of factors that, according to researchers, are contributing to divorce today: inadequate premarital education and differences in religion.

A lack of premarital education combined with religious differences have been shown to contribute to more than 13 percent of divorces. In a recent survey, the couples who participated in a program aimed at teaching them conflict and resolution and communication skills felt that the training still was not adequate. Specifically, one couple mentioned that although premarital counseling does teach couples how to deal with conflict, it does not discuss the various phases that married people experience over time.

Frequently made mistakes may complicate child custody situation

Dealing with a divorce in Texas can often be an unpleasant experience. This is particularly true for those with minor children, as they may be at odds about how to handle child custody. Here are a couple of mistakes that spouses frequently make during divorce that can end up making a child custody situation more complicated for the entire family.

First, sometimes, divorcing spouses refer to their children as their own children, refusing to recognize the other party's role in rearing the children as well. It is true that, sometimes, parents who are getting divorced may no longer be in love with each other, and they might not completely agree with the other party's parenting decisions. However, the children still belong to both of them, so it is critical to approach a child custody decision with this mindset.

Considering a military divorce? Here’s what you need to know

Getting a divorce can be a complex process, especially for a military family. It is important to remember that military divorces are not necessarily harder to get than regular divorces. They just require a couple to take more legal issues into consideration.

One of the biggest issues in military divorces involves “jurisdiction.” Jurisdiction means that a court must have the legal authority to grant a divorce between you and your spouse. One of the main requirements of jurisdiction involves where a spouse files for a divorce.

Mismatched level of attractiveness may spark divorce

A variety of issues can contribute to the dissolution of a marriage, ranging from infidelity to financial troubles, but research shows that level of attractiveness can also be a contributing factor in Texas. According to experts, men who decide to marry women who are a lot more alluring compared with them are more likely to get a divorce. Research indicates that this is because the wives may be less committed to them than the men are to their wives.

According to researchers, people are typically drawn to other people who are far more attractive. Still, they usually realize how attractive they are on the beauty spectrum and thus whom they will likely attract. As a result, many maintain relationships and marriages with similarly matched people.

Divorce can impact New Year celebration

The New Year may elicit feelings of both excitement and apprehension for individuals in Texas. This may be especially true for someone who is navigating the divorce process during this holiday. Fortunately, these types of individuals can take some steps to keep the start of 2019 as enjoyable as possible in spite of their divorce situations.

First, those going through the dissolution of a marriage may benefit from being intentional about how they plan to spend the New Year. For instance, the parents of minor children can plan activities to do with the children, which can help them to create meaningful experiences together. Those who do not have children can get caught up on special projects they have not had time to do for a while, or they may take some time to rest.

Use of social media can lead to divorce

Individuals in Texas might decide to divorce for any number of reasons. For example, maybe they believe they do not feel as connected today as they used to be, which may mean it is time to get a divorce. Part of the reason for this lack of connection in many situations might be the use of social media.

In some divorce situations, social media either causes two spouses to split or contributes to their breakup. For instance, some people may find out through social media that their spouses have been having affairs with others online. Meanwhile, others may find out that their spouses are communicating with individuals whom they do not necessarily want their spouses to be in communication with, such as exes.

Gray divorce may lead to special challenges

Dissolving a marital union in Texas can present challenges for people of all ages. However, those over the age of 50 face special challenges that their younger counterparts simply do not encounter following divorce. A couple of these challenges involve health insurance and long-term care.

Regarding health insurance, those who had insurance through their spouses' employers while they were married can maintain this insurance through COBRA. The coverage can last up to 36 months. However, the premiums will increase since they have to pay the portions of the premiums that their employers were previously paying. If newly divorced individuals cannot take advantage of COBRA, they have no choice but to look for their own insurance. Unfortunately, they may have a hard time securing insurance at their age if they have pre-existing health issues.

Some parents dealing with child custody turn to birdnesting

Ending a marital union in Texas can be difficult in the best of situations. This is particularly true if those who are going through divorce have minor children, meaning they have to figure out how to deal with child custody. For some parents, they have found a solution in a process called birdnesting, which has both advantages and disadvantages.

Birdnesting is an arrangement where two divorcing parents decide to keep the marital home and then rotate living there with their children. The parent who is not living with the children at any given time can live in his or her own separate house. In fact, the parents could even share their second home so that only two homes are needed to make this arrangement possible.

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