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Signals that a marriage may be headed toward divorce

Texas residents who are wondering if their marriage may be on the verge of falling apart may be interested in hearing what some experts feel are telltale signs that a marriage is on the verge of divorce. Addiction and a refusal to get the needed treatment for said addiction ranks high up on the list of indicators that a divorce may be imminent. It does not matter if the addiction is gambling, alcohol, or drugs. When a person is dealing with addiction and they are not seeking the needed care, they could be putting themselves and those around them in danger.

Personality factors can make divorce more likely

A wide range of factors can contribute to a couple's decision to divorce. In many cases, both parties' behavior can contribute to the end of a marriage. Couples may be affected by infidelity, addiction, financial problems or a simple difference in parenting styles or opinions about the future. Still, certain personality factors are more strongly associated with an increased likelihood of divorce, experts say. Being aware of these concerns can help people assess their behavior and work to preserve their marriage.

Common misconceptions about divorce

Misconceptions about divorce could lead people to make errors during the divorce process or to avoid filing for divorce altogether. It is important to understand that certain myths are untrue. For example, some people may assume that if they have separate bank accounts, those accounts will be considered separate property in the divorce. However, this is usually not the case. Most assets will be considered joint property subject to equal division in Texas.

Women, gray divorce and financial setbacks

In Texas and across the United States, women who are going through "gray divorces" struggle with mounting financial difficulties. Gray divorce refers to when the divorcing individuals are over 50 years of age. Statistics show that gray divorces have increased during the past 20 years. For example, only one out of 10 couples over 50 divorced in 1990 whereas one out of four older couples obtained gray divorces in 2010.

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.

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.

Student loan debt taking a toll on marriages

Younger couples tying the knot in Texas often bring more than just mutual love into a marriage. Debts that existed prior to exchanging vows can become a major burden, especially in the early stages of marriages when income is more likely to be limited. One form of debt that can be particularly problematic for younger couples is student loan debt, which was more than $39,000, on average, for 2017 graduates.

Prenuptial and Post-nuptial Agreements

Statistics show that approximately half of marriages will ultimately end in divorce. Much of the anxiety arising out of a divorce comes from the division of assets. That stress can be lessened by executing a premarital agreement (also called a prenuptial agreement) before the wedding or a post-nuptial agreement after the marriage has occurred.

Some relationships may be doomed to fail

Married couples in Texas and around the country often file for divorce following a crisis or traumatic incident. In many cases, these events brought relationship problems to a head that had been simmering for years. Psychologists have identified several types of relationships, and some of them are far more likely to weather marital setbacks and upheaval than others.

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