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Study examines reasons for divorce

Some Texas couples who get a divorce may do so because they no longer feel emotionally fulfilled in their marriages. Researchers who published a study in the Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy found that reasons that people choose to end their marriage may have shifted from those that are behavior-based, such as violence or infidelity, to those that are based in psychology.

The number one reason couples in the study cited for divorce was a lack of love. Almost half said their marriage ended for this reason. In second place was a breakdown in communication. The third most common reason for divorce was a sense that trust had been betrayed and could not be rebuilt. A lack of respect was also cited. According to some research, respect can be even more critical in a relationship than love. The fourth most common reason couples gave for their marriage's end was growing apart. Over time, some couples found that they lacked compatible goals or lifestyles.

How can social media activity impact my divorce?

You use social media to keep up with people you know and update them on your life. Sometimes it’s easy to post without fully thinking through what you’re doing.

Unfortunately, not everyone may be your ally online. Social media can be used as evidence in your divorce. When getting a divorce, being careful on social media is a must.

Three guidelines for parenting well as a divorced dad

After divorce, you may be parenting alone for the first time, which can be pretty overwhelming, especially considering your children may be exhibiting a variety of reactions to your divorce. Divorce causes many changes, and it is natural for a child to grieve the loss of way family life used to be. However, divorce does not change your ability to be a great dad.

As you set out to create a new normal for your family, consider what your children need as they cope with your divorce and what they need to thrive in general. Every child is different, but there are at least three general guidelines to consider as you jump into single parenthood.

What's driving the huge increase in gray divorce?

Divorce among older Americans, once something of a rarity, is becoming much more common. Over the past 25 years the rate of gray divorce has jumped significantly, with couples aged 50 and above now legally separating twice as often as before.

But what's driving this shift? Experts have a few ideas.

Three challenges (and solutions) for blended families

Entering a new situation is always challenging; whether it's a new job or a new family dynamic, you have to learn the ways of the new environment and find the right strategy to cope with that change. The same is true for blended families.

Every blended family will have unique struggles they will have to address together, but there are three common issues that most blended families have to address at some point in the transition process.

A modern examination of American families

The United States always prides itself on diversity and acceptance. The founding fathers established a country free from British rule and opened its bounders to people of all types of religions and backgrounds.

We continue to see that acceptance implemented through generations of new Americans who accept more cultures and traditions than ever before. We also see it through our growing recognition of the "modern family."

Strange reasons some couples file for divorce

Almost half of all marriages end in divorce, but most people in Texas probably think of the decision to divorce as a difficult one. However, some divorce lawyers have reported clients giving reasons for divorce that seemed strange or trivial.

For example, one man said he wanted to divorce his wife because he believed she was trying to curse him. Another said he was doing so because he could no longer bear the sound of his wife's chewing. A woman said she wanted to divorce her husband because he gave her a dog that ruined the carpet. Another woman filed for divorce after just two months when she was unhappy with her birthday gift of an iPod case instead of jewelry.

Four boundaries that stepparents should not cross

Taking on the role of a stepparent is incredibly challenging. You have to put yourself into an established family dynamic and find the right place for you. It usually takes time to develop your role in the family and what your part includes.

Unfortunately, most stepparents still have boundaries they need to know before joining the family. Crossing one boundary leads to significant problems between you and the child or you and your partner.

Simple strategies for parenting over a long distance

Parents want to have an active role in their childhood, especially after a divorce. But sometimes parents cannot be physically present in their child's life.

There are so many reasons why a parent has to move away from their child, but it doesn't matter what the reason is. All that matters is you try to remain in your child's life despite the physical distances.

Protecting assets when marrying again

With more than 40% of marriages, one or both spouses have been previously married. Remarriage is especially on the rise among older couples in Texas and elsewhere in the nation. In such situations, there's an increased potential for conflict since assets are likely to be more significant than what's common with a first marriage.

Understandably, people remarrying often have split loyalties for their new spouse and any children they may have from a prior marriage. One way that a remarrying spouse may be able to achieve their desired financial outcome is with a well-drafted prenuptial agreement. Such a document can provide added peace of a mind for a new spouse with less assets while also clearly spelling out what assets are to be passed along to children. Property and financial holdings brought into a new marriage can also be covered.

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