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Can one's ex be the life insurance beneficiary after divorce?

Many married couples have life insurance to protect themselves in the event one of the spouses should pass away. Most of the time the beneficiary named on the policy is the other spouse. What happens if the couple gets divorced? In Texas, is it possible for the former spouse to still be the beneficiary after divorce?

Who obtains child custody after a parent dies?

In a perfect world, parents would raise their children -- teaching them and protecting them -- until the kids become adults. Unfortunately, however, sometimes things happen, and parents pass away. What happens when the custodial parent dies? Who can raise the children? There are several who may choose to seek child custody when the children lose their custodial parent in Texas.

The grief of divorce can be overcome

Couples in Texas and elsewhere experience the same emotions when it comes to divorce. A bitter divorce in particular can come with a heavy dose of grief; however, that grief isn't forever. It will eventually pass. There are several steps to the grieving process, and approaching them with the right attitude can help one move through each one until the burden is lifted.

Outside factors affect one's chances of divorce

The national divorce rate has been on the decline in recent years, as has the divorce rate in Texas. While at one time almost half of all marriages ended in divorce, in recent years that number has dropped to between 42 and 45 percent. Many couples today are waiting to tie the knot until they are older, more financially secure and more certain of their relationship. This decision positively affects their likeliness of staying married. There are several factors other than age that impact one's chances of eventually divorcing.

Divorce may encounter issues of division of business assets

A woman may be involved in a business enterprise with her spouse when the need for a divorce arises. In Texas and elsewhere this will raise issues of property division and will impact all of the financial issues that are presented during the divorce litigation. The woman may end up with a controlling interest in the business or she may be compelled to sell out her interest to the spouse as part of the settlement agreement.

Plan new school year as part of co-parenting after divorce

In Texas and other states, the concept of co-parenting has gained preference in caring for the children after a divorce. With the start of a new school year, it is a propitious time for those recently settling their divorce to discuss their most important ongoing responsibility, i.e., the daily care of their minor children. Planning the highlights of events for the next year can help the children to be more secure in knowing that there will be a structure and a relative sense of certainty to their activities.

Divorce with minor children requires parental cooperation

No one can debate the fact that divorce is a traumatic event for those who are involved, including any minor children. Texas divorce rates follow roughly the national average, which some estimate at about 50 percent. As much as people hate to face such difficulties, they can only put their best foot forward and do what they must to make the outcome easier for all.

Coping with divorce: Helping your child

As a parent going through a difficult divorce, one of your main concerns is how the divorce will affect your child. You know that you can't shield your child from everything that's happening, but it's your hope that you can at least make the situation positive in some ways.

New tax laws carry consequences for those considering a divorce

People in Texas and elsewhere who are contemplating a divorce may face urgent decisions that necessitate an immediate meeting with a family law attorney. The changes in the tax laws enacted by the U.S. Congress call for some of the new provisions to become effective at the beginning of 2019. Several of the changes may impact on whether to facilitate a divorce settlement prior to this coming Dec. 31.

Divorce negotiations are best conducted by informed parties

A recent survey reported in Texas and nationwide indicated that some women came through divorce with surprise financial experiences that were more demanding and disappointing than they had expected. The best defense for women to avoid some or all of those surprises is to be informed and knowledgeable about the details of one's financial status and preferably to become so informed during the marriage. To learn these lessons after the divorce is finalized may be too late to change the unwanted outcomes as easily.

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