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Top 10 Mistakes to Avoid in Your Divorce

If you are lucky, you’ll only have to get divorced once in your life. And since this is likely your first time, you haven’t yet had a chance to learn from your mistakes. In the spirit of making divorce less terrible for everyone, here are the top 10 mistakes to avoid in your divorce.

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Social Security After Divorce

Many divorce cases fail to settle in a timely fashion because of fights over money. How to divide the house, bank accounts, retirement accounts, investing accounts, and so forth can take a good deal of back and forth. One asset some couples try to fight about is Social Security Benefits. But I have good news! Social Security Benefits are one thing you don’t need to address in your divorce settlement. The Federal government already has rules in place for how a divorced person can claim Social Security Benefits, and very little that your soon-to-be-ex-spouse does will affect your benefit.

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Health Insurance & Divorce: What Are My Options?

Most of us have an opinion one way or the other about how health insurance works here in the U.S. Regardless of how you feel about the current system, the fact that insurance coverage is often tied to employment means that a non-working or part-time employed spouse in a divorce proceeding may have some healthcare challenges ahead of them after the divorce. If you are in a divorce proceeding (or considering initiating a divorce) and healthcare is on your mind, this article is for you.

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Alimony in a Texas Divorce

Many a family law client has sat in their lawyer’s office and asked, “Will I get alimony?” (or maybe, “Will I have to pay alimony?”). As with most elements of a divorce case, the answer is, “It depends.” Like with child support, the Texas Family Code specifies factors and limits used to determine what, if any, alimony might be due. In this month’s edition of Graceful Exits, we’ll look at those factors and limits and discuss how you might bolster your case for alimony.

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Child Support in a Texas Divorce: What Will it Cost?

Depending on what side of your divorce case you are on, you may be wondering: “How much will I pay in child support?” or “How much will I get in child support?” These are key questions if you are trying to figure out post-divorce finances, and this is one of the few divorce questions we can answer with some measure of confidence.

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What’s Mine Is Ours: Community Property in Texas Divorce

Texas is a Community Property state. When a couple resides in a Community Property state, the law considers that any property acquired by either member of the couple during the marriage is jointly owned by both members of the couple regardless of how the asset might be titled or whose labor earned the money. Think of it this way: If you order a burger and fries at dinner, half of the burger and half of the fries belong to your spouse in the eyes of the law. And half of the salad your spouse ordered belongs to you. All joking aside, characterization of assets as either Community Property or Separate Property can have a big impact on the value of your divorce settlement. Understanding what each type of property is, how it is characterized, and who is entitled to each will be key to understanding your settlement agreement.

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