The ideal situation for divorced parents and their children is one in which the estranged couple can have an amicable and cooperative relationship as co-parents. However, this is not always possible. Research shows that witnessing conflict between their parents is the most damaging element of divorce for children. Texas couples who want to avoid this but who cannot get along may want to consider parallel parenting.
As the effective date for new legislation regarding alimony and taxes approaches, Texas couples who are seeking a divorce and negotiating a settlement might be concerned with completing the process before January 1st, 2019. Alimony, which could previously be deducted by the payer and reported by the receiver, will no longer count as a deduction for the payer. This means that in some cases the payer will find themselves in a higher tax bracket than before, while still having to pay alimony. However, if the agreement is finalized before the effective date of the changes, the divorce can be grandfathered in with the old legislation applied.
Since divorce is never easy for anyone involved, some parents have taken to a solution meant to soften the blow for their children. It is called nesting or bird nesting, and the idea focuses around the children staying in the family home while the parents alternate time in and out of the house. Some parents share a small apartment, so when one parent is in the family home with the kids, the other stays in the apartment.
Texas parents who decide to divorce may wrestle with difficult issues about how to handle possession and access to their children. In many cases, they are able to negotiate an amicable division of parenting time and present it in family court. However, when they have a more difficult or fraught relationship, the situation can easily devolve into a battle over time with the children. Once a judge is forced to rule, both parents may feel as if they are treated unfairly.
Of all of the possessions and types of property that can be jointly accumulated during a marriage in Texas, the most significant one is often the marital home. It's also likely to be a source of contention between couples. But there are times when one spouse offers to sell their share of the property to the other one. Even when such a move is made in good faith, there are some potential pitfalls associated with assuming sole ownership of a home that was once jointly shared.
Taxes are often far from the minds of divorcing spouses in Texas during the process of dissolving a marriage, but taxes can present themselves with unexpected costs in time for those who are unprepared. Kiplinger has published findings by a tax attorney that show some divorcing spouses may face higher taxes with changes in the various laws regarding payments for alimony and child support after a divorce.
Parents in Texas who file for divorce may request a temporary hearing shortly after the case is filed so that major issues like temporary child custody and support can be decided. A parent may also consider granting temporary custody to another person if they are temporarily unable to care for a child due to an illness or difficult financial circumstances.
Some families in Texas contain citizens and immigrants residing in the country without documentation. The aggressive immigration policies of the Trump administration have increased deportations and forced many parents to find legal guardians for their children who possess citizenship.