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A look at issues involved in divorce

Many Texas residents may have uncertainties when it comes to how a divorce will proceed. There are many variables, and every divorce case is unique. Most soon-to-be divorced couples have certain goals regarding how they want areas of a divorce to play out. When these divorcing couples are exposed to the legalities involved in divorce, these goals may change or vary. An attorney can help a divorcing spouse decide on the best plan of action for his or her unique case.

In divorce, there are a number of issues that play a part in most cases. For divorcing couples with children, there are other issues as well that spouses without children do not need to worry about. For both parents and non-parents, the issues of property division and alimony may both need to be resolved in divorce. Property division, as the name implies, simply involves how marital assets will be divided, that is, who gets to keep what, such as the family house, cars, boats and the like.

Alimony is also known as spousal support and takes the form of regular payments that one spouse has to make to the other. This is not applicable to every couple but may be necessary in such situations as when one of the spouses gives up a job in order to raise children.

For divorcing spouses with children, the issues of child support and child custody may play important roles in divorce. Child support is a regular payment that is made by the noncustodial parent to the custodial parent. Child custody determines where and with whom the children will live and how decisions will be made.

Divorce can involve many issues and it is often important to be aware of the nuances involved in each. Attorneys are available to help divorcing spouses understand these nuances and decide on a course of action.

Source: FindLaw, "What is divorce law," Accessed on March 1, 2016

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