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Negotiating property division when pets are involved

When couples in Texas decide to divorce, they might struggle vigorously over sentimental items of property. For many pet owners, however, their animals are more than property, even if that is how they are understood in the law. "Pet custody" is increasingly becoming a part of divorce settlements as spouses determine how to negotiate their future arrangements for their dogs and cats. Animal custody is sometimes worked out to coincide with child custody schedules, but it can be handled on its own as part of the divorce agreement as well. Due to the important role that pets play in many people's lives, many spouses are thinking more about how to keep their bond with their animals even after a human romantic relationship ends.

Deciding whether to keep the home in a divorce

Texas couples who decide to get a divorce may own a home that will need to be divided along with the rest of their property. Some couples may want to sell the home and split the profit, but in other cases, one person might want to keep the home. However, it is important to determine whether this is an affordable plan.

What to do with a mortgage in a divorce

A home is likely the most valuable asset that individuals in Texas and the rest of the country own. Therefore, it is not uncommon for a marital home to become a point of contention in a divorce. However, even if a person wins the home in the final divorce settlement, it doesn't mean that he or she can afford to live there. In some cases, the terms of the mortgage will not change after one spouse moves out.

Avoiding the pitfalls of keeping the marital home after a divorce

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.

Gray divorce can wreak havoc on retirement accounts

Divorce among older couples is becoming more common in Texas and across the U.S. In fact, while divorce rates have stabilized for all other age groups, it has doubled over the last few decades for people ages 50 and over. Unfortunately, this phenomenon, known as gray divorce, can wreak havoc on retirement plans if assets are divided up incorrectly.

Inherited IRAs could be split in divorce

Texas residents who inherited individual retirement accounts could possibly lose funds when it comes to property division in a divorce. New tax laws, which change the rules for awarding alimony, are silent on this as is the Internal Revenue Service, nor have there been any court rulings. Some people are using inherited IRA funds to offset the lost alimony deduction under the new tax laws.

Property division during a Texas divorce

When couples in Texas plan to divorce, the financial repercussions of the end of the marriage can often be equally or even more profound than the emotional complications. The division of marital property can lead to significant changes in how both former partners live their lives. It is important to understand how property division works in a divorce, especially because Texas is only one of nine states across the country that uses a community property system to divide assets after a split.

Custody arrangement offers unique alternative for parents

When Texas parents decide to divorce, some of the most challenging aspects to deal with can include handling the division of property, including the marital home, as well as child custody issues. Many divorcing parents want to do everything they can to help reduce the emotional burden on their children. Not only is the marital home often one of the largest assets handled in the divorce, but it can also be one of the most emotionally meaningful items for the family, especially children.

Residency decisions are key to the divorce process

One of the first issues that Texas couples going through a marital split must face involves where to live during and after the divorce. Unfortunately, the timing usually coincides with the most emotionally turbulent period of marital dissolution. Judgment can be impaired by emotions and other distractions accompanying such a major life change. Divorcees must weigh logistical, emotional, and financial implications in order to make the best arrangements for themselves and their children.