As the end of the year approaches, many people in Texas and around the country will be looking toward their future and making changes. Some people may decide to file for divorce after the holidays are officially over. Many law firms report that they see an increase of people filing for divorce in the month of January, with some saying filings can rise as much as 30%. Though many people typically associate divorce with a decrease in income, especially for women, researchers say that isn't always the case.
A divorce can happen to any person of any age or background. However, researchers have recently seen a surge in the number of people getting divorced who are older than 50. A quarter of the people who divorced in 2010 were 50 years old or older, which is an increase of 15% from just 20 years earlier. The reasons for this are varied, but Texas families may be interested in the particular challenges that a divorce for people in this demographic may produce. A recent study found that there are certain financial difficulties that a person who experiences a gray divorce may encounter.
There are many ways to have a family. One of the most selfless ways to do that is through the miracle of adoption. However, kids who have been in the foster care system for awhile can have more difficulty finding their forever family. One community here in Texas decided to help those kids by hosting a match party to connect foster children with families looking to open their hearts and homes through adoption.
There are so many things to consider in a divorce agreement that it can be easy to overlook certain parts. One factor that many experts say people tend to forget about is changing the beneficiaries on a person's various accounts. It is important that a divorced person ensures that his or her assets are left to the person of his or her choosing. The state of Texas makes some of this process a bit more simple for certain financial accounts, but there are others that a person experiencing a divorce will want to know about.
When people get a divorce, they sometimes feel a certain amount of shame for having gone through such a difficult event. Despite the fact that a large percentage of people in Texas and across the country are divorced, the stigma attached can be too much for some people to deal with. In particular, people are often reticent to share details of any of the financial hardships that can come with a divorce. Experts say that this reluctance may be unhelpful and that, contrary to popular belief, it can actually be beneficial for a person to openly discuss their financial situation, in the right circumstances.
When two people share a child but not a relationship, determining child custody can be difficult. When a family law court creates a child custody order, parents trust that their child's other parent will honor it. They also assume that if the order is violated, they can rely on the police and courts to enforce it. However, several parents in one area of Texas say that they are having great difficulty getting their child's other parent to follow what they assumed was an already settled child custody agreement.