Most Texas estates need to go through probate after a person dies. Probate is the legal process by which a deceased person’s estate is settled, including collecting (“marshalling”) assets, settling claims and debts, and distributing the net estate as provided in the Will. If there is no valid Will, the assets will be distributed to relatives as provided in the Texas Estates Code.
Between young marriages, deployments, frequent moves and spousal sacrifices, military marriages face significant challenges. There are times when the marriage hurdles are overwhelming and the relationship ends. While no divorce is easy, military divorces have a few unique circumstances and additional legal elements.
Divorce doesn’t have to be a bitter battle. More Texas couples every day who are choosing to move apart with their lives are choosing a collaborative divorce over a hard-fought traditional divorce. It helps them to move on more quickly and inexpensively towards a good working relationship that is better for the children.
You’ve heard about the collaborative divorce trend. You and your spouse are parting ways rather amicably, so you think that going through a collaborative divorce might be a plausible option for your family. You have heard that there are many benefits to divorcing this way rather than through litigation, but you still have questions.
Scientific research has confirmed what many people already assumed: Individuals with depression, anxiety, and other affective disorders divorce at rates far above the national average.
If your home has become a battleground, you probably feel frozen in place. It’s not normal, it’s not right, and it’s not acceptable in any way. But you are in the middle of it and don’t know what to do. You’d probably rather not think about it and carry on, pretending.
Divorce rates across the nation hover between 40 and 50 percent. In Texas, this converts to roughly 75,000 divorces per year. Many people are somewhat familiar with such statistics – reports on divorce rates are fairly common in the media.
Individuals who struggle with alcohol addiction—or any sort of substance addiction— have a tougher time than most when it comes to maintaining a stable marriage. This isn’t news. Most folks would rightly guess that heavy drinking goes hand-in-hand with marital difficulties. What’s less understood, though, is the full range of consequences that alcohol addiction can bring about.
Perhaps unfamiliar to many, “gray divorce” is a common term for divorce after the age of 50. Divorce is much more common with younger couples, but trends have changed in recent years. Divorce remains more frequent for those under 50, but the gray divorce rate has doubled since 1990.
One area of concern when people begin estate planning is the probate process. This is the process of resolving your final wishes and distributing your property after you pass away. Some people create an estate plan that intentionally avoids probate at all costs. However, probate is not always a bad thing. Here is a look at the benefits and downsides so that you can start to consider what’s best for your situation: