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It’s true that the process of getting a divorce can be difficult. But for some people, deciding whether or not to split up can be just as difficult. After all, you really have to decide if you want to put an end to your marriage. A relationship that you might have spent a lot of time and effort working on. But once you’re set on getting that divorce, what do you do next? Do you file it first? Is there any advantage if you do? Or are you put at a disadvantage? Pros of Filing First The biggest advantage you’ll have if you file for a divorce first would be having time to prepare for it. If you do plan on filing first, that means you’ll have to do some research too. You’ll have to know what to do, what you’ll need, and what could possibly happen during the process. You’ll also be given the chance to schedule the dates of your hearings. It may seem overwhelming, so it’s best to be prepared. Another good thing that comes with initiating your divorce is being the first one to testify before the court. This gives you the chance to tell the court about your situation. You can explain why you’ve decided to get a divorce in the first place. Cons of Filing First One possible disadvantage is that it puts a strain on your marriage. If you haven’t had the best marriage and divorce was expected, then this might not be a problem. But for the spouse who wasn’t expecting a divorce, this could be a rather big blow to them. This can cause them to react in unfavorable ways. This can also permanently damage any possibility of any sort of amicable relationship with them afterward. When you file for a […]

Pros and Cons of Initiating a Divorce

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The family is the basic social institution in every State, that is why many laws are implemented to preserve its sanctity and to protect it at all costs. However, unavoidably, there are factors which call for the dissolution of marriage which, if not completely destroying it, causes a slit in the marital bond. The family, just like many others, is not immune to flaws and imperfections.  The process of getting through familial issues is both psychologically and financially burdensome, especially when there are debts to pay or there are children involved. While this is not a smooth ride for you and your family, we have laid down the things you should take note of and consider financially when you are faced with a family law case, just to help lift a little weight on your shoulders. Getting a Divorce Divorce is the most common kind of a family law case, frequently involving matters concerning property division, spousal supports and if a child or children is in the picture, then child custody, visitation and support. The Cheaper Option If you are considering to get a decree of divorce, there are two options available for you: to settle the case alone with your spouse, or to hire a lawyer. The former is cheaper compared to the latter, since there are no legal fees to bear in mind. However, this process requires both you and your spouse to be in a quality relationship so that you would be able to work on your ideal outcomes during and after the divorce, this includes property division and other familial affairs between you and your spouse.  There is lesser work if you do not have common children, but if you do, visitation, child support, and custody are matters added to your plates.  If You have Extra […]

How Much is Too Much? Financial Considerations in Family Law Cases

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Getting married can be one of the most fulfilling moments of a person’s life. And while married life does have all its glorious moments, it’s not always going to be easy nor is it going to be great. There will be challenges that will come up and test your marriage. These challenges may come in the form of bad days and arguments, but they can also come in the form of financial problems. One perfect example would be student loan debt. But just how much can this kind of debt affect your marriage? Making Ends Meet For some couples, especially those just starting out, working on sustaining themselves becomes a top priority. There are things you’ll have to look after, such as groceries, bills, and maybe even rent among several other expenses. And the expenses don’t stop there. Life, after all, is unpredictable, and there might be things that happen that you weren’t expecting. A trip to the doctor, for example, is one. Working out finances can be hard and having debt from a student loan can only make things harder as that means leeway for you to spend on other things just to make sure you make ends meet. This can put a lot of stress on couples, especially if they aren’t financially well-off yet. And for some people, this stress can even cause marriages to end. What You Can Do While the thought of debt can be very stressful, especially on top of all the other financial and non-financial stresses you’re experiencing, there is still a way to make things work. The first thing you can do would be to communicate. The best way to work things out with your spouse would be to talk to them about it and be honest with them. And then you can […]

The Impact of Student Loan Debt on Marriages

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People always say we learn from our mistakes. It makes us wiser, stronger, or can also make us scared of certain consequences. Matters like divorce, which involve legal consequences will make us think twice again before considering another marriage.  In the Texas Family Code, the first marriage is the only valid marriage. Any succeeding marriages are void unless the first one will be terminated by divorce. Financial Pros and Cons Pros:  Life is easier when you share with someone your expenses. Investing seems to be not so difficult. Having a partner, especially when you have kids, will lighten your worries. Moreover, you become financially sensitive. You’ve learned from your previous relationship what has gone wrong and you apply it in your current situation. You learn to consider the financial needs of your partner and you also start to plan your finances together with him or her. Cons: One of the top factors affecting divorce is financial incapacity. Rising family expenses are usually the primary cause of misunderstandings of couples. Married life is a long process of adapting to the financial needs of each other.  In Texas law, alimony is being given by one spouse to the supported spouse after divorce as ruled by the court. Do note, however, that the Texas Family Code provides that alimony will not continue if the supported spouse will remarry or even when that spouse cohabits with his or her new partner.  Emotional Aspect Pros:  The experience that you have encountered in the past will give you emotional maturity. You will be able to understand what your partner needs. In addition, having a companion and building a family with someone you love lessens the burden that you feel.  Cons:  Your first divorce may have stressed you out. In some ways, this may have an effect […]

Consequences of Entering a Second Marriage

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Ever since they came along, video games have provided us a form of entertainment. Some play for fun while some immerse in an entirely different world. Games gave an avenue to just tune out of the world for a bit and enjoy ourselves. That doesn’t seem too bad, right? Life can be stressful after all, and video games are just another outlet for us to let out some stress. But just like all things, too much of it can be bad for you. Addiction recognized by APA The American Psychiatric Association (APA) recognizes that people can indeed become addicted to video games. If playing video games to the point that some aspects of life suffer, it’s an addiction. Addiction to gaming affects health, relationships, and professional life. APA calls this addiction “Internet Gaming Disorder”. Even though it is called Internet Gaming Disorder, this doesn’t mean addiction isn’t limited to games online. All sorts of video games are considered. Even the UnityPoint Health Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery recognizes that impulsive and compulsive overuse of video games is characteristic of a video game addiction. The fact that these behaviors are recognized by institutions such as these proves that it is a pretty serious issue. Divorce If you allow video games to take control of your life and cause you to neglect other aspects of your life, things won’t get any better for you unless you do something about it. Though video games aren’t the ones that can ruin relationships, it’s the addiction to it that can. Choosing to spend money on video games over the needs of your family, choosing to spend more time playing video games instead of spending time on your marriage can only cause harm to your relationship with your spouse. Neglecting your marriage because of video games […]

Can I Divorce a Spouse Addicted to Video Games?

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The usual notion of marriage consists of two major attributes. Firstly, that the marriage will last a lifetime. This is why we have the vow that only death will part the married couple. The second attribute of marriage is that it is only meant for one person. The legal definitions of marriage are also based on those two attributes.  As we all know, there are many instances when the spouse could not deliver on this promise. Most of the time, they end up in divorce, but there are instances when they also result in bigamy. Texas Law on Bigamy The legal definition of bigamy is when you marry someone while you are still married to another person. In Texas, the Family Code states that adults can only enter into one marriage. Thus, any other marriages will not be recognized. The spouse from the existing marriage is considered as the legal one until the first marriage is legally dissolved.  This means that the second spouse is not recognized by law. The existence of the first marriage voids the second. There is no way around it until they are divorced or annulled.  It is very important for you, as the second spouse, to understand that you do not have any rights or privileges as a married individual. All of these rights belong to the spouse from the original marriage. You will not have any tax benefits, you cannot be the beneficiary of insurance or 401k plans, nor will you be considered for any life-or-death decisions. Those still belong to the first—and technically, the legal spouse. Another detail that you must take note is that any property that your spouse will accumulate during the time of your marriage will be considered as community property for the first spouse. That means you do not […]

I am in a Bigamous Marriage, What are My Rights as the Second Spouse?

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Going through a divorce is hard, especially if you have to go about your everyday life while the process of divorce is still going on. It’s no easy matter to go about your everyday routine with something like that in mind. But if it’s already hard for you, imagine how hard it would be if you add kids into the equation. Watching both your parents go through a divorce might do a lot of harm to the kid. You’re practically watching your family fall apart. In Texas, the divorce court has a way to help mitigate this and try to make it easier for the children caught up in a divorce. Texas has a “Standing Order” for divorces that involve children. Purpose of the Standing Order It’s hard for kids to see their parents going through a divorce. A lot of things are going on that they might not understand and that might just end up affecting them negatively. The standing order is there to help keep the status quo at home and sort of protect the children. Ideally, children shouldn’t see their parents go through a rough patch. Tension affects children. In a way, this standing order is there to help the children transition through their parents’ divorce. Kids shouldn’t get caught up in the divorce nor get caught off guard by it.  What the Standing Order Entails Since the standing order entails maintaining the status quo of things at home, that means neither of the children’s parents are allowed to disrupt the way things are going at home. Aside from making sure that they don’t show any negative emotions or actions towards the other in front of the children, this also applies to the property at home. No one is allowed to sell or give away anything that […]

Standing Orders and What They Mean for You

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Divorce is one of the most painful situations an individual can face no matter the circumstance. Going through divorce is one thing but preparing financially for a divorce  is another thing and it should not be overlooked especially if your relationship is on the rocks. Keep an open mind. Planning ahead enables you to make sound and clear decisions on a lot of matters and this practice can be the start of preparing for your life post-divorce. General Tips on How to Prepare Financially for a Divorce in Texas Keep track of your expenses If you are not the person in charge of the bills, you should start to slowly transition in making yourself aware of your expenditures at home. List down your month recurring expenses and other miscellaneous expenses and know when they are all due. Start maintaining a journal of where and how much money you have spent and are spending.  Also keep track of the expenses of your children. Maintain a great credit score Having the card and household bills under the name of your spouse implies that you have a low credit rating. It may take a few months, but this is fixable. Open a credit card account under your name and charge it with something not too expensive just to get a start on.  Pay off what is due from all the credit transactions every month and in full. Make sure to not pay later than the due date to avoid any penalties or extra charges. Gather important documents The possibility of alimony or child support should not be crossed out when thinking of a divorce. This is the very reason why it is a good move to start gathering important documents now. The more information you can find and keep, the better. Here’s a […]

How to Prepare Financially for a Divorce