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Every parent has an obligation to financially support their children. If you have a child with someone with whom you are not in a relationship, then you can get a child support order.

According to the Attorney General of Texas, there are two ways in which you can secure a child support order. You can go through the court or the child support review process.

Court process

Court is only an option if you cannot go through the CSRP. The idea is to avoid court if possible since the system can get busy and backed up. The court process is much lengthier than CSRP. You may have multiple court dates. 

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When you think of divorce, you may not immediately think of older adults who are close to retirement age.

Gray divorce typically occurs when an older couple legally divorces close to retirement age, and can carry some unique struggles and benefits with it.

Dealing with adult children

According to Psychology Today, adult children may have a variety of reactions to their parents’ divorce. Some may worry about having to take sides, while some may feel relieved or even confused about what will come next.

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Co-parenting with a frustrating or irritating ex-spouse can drain your energy.

These interactions can be especially damaging to you if your children also feel caught in the middle between two fighting parents. Learning how to navigate this situation can help you have a healthier custody relationship.

Keep an open dialogue

According to Psychology Today, you and your ex-spouse should be willing and open to communicating directly with each other. Passive aggressive behavior or ignoring calls or texts will only lead to a more strained relationship, and will not solve whatever the main problem is that you both face.

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You and your soon-to-be-ex-spouse created an abundance of happy memories in your marital home, and you may not know whether to fight for the property or give it up. What questions should you ask yourself?

WIFE.org poses several inquiries to help you decide what to do with your marital home. Learn how to prepare for the next chapter of your life as a single person.

How do you feel about the house?

Maybe you have a deep emotional bond to your marital home. Before you fight for the property, ask yourself whether living somewhere else could make you feel that same connection. If you enjoy the peace and solitude that your home provides, living in a different quiet neighborhood may replicate that same serenity.

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If your husband or wife is to blame for the upcoming end of your marriage, you may think you deserve most of the marital estate. Because Texas is a community property state, though, you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse likely must split everything you acquired during your marriage evenly.

While it may be tempting to try to get more by hiding assets before your divorce, doing so is a mistake. After all, you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse have a legal obligation to disclose assets to each other and to the court. If you neglect this obligation, you may face three potentially serious consequences.

1. Contempt of court

In any court proceeding, it is generally a good idea not to irritate the judge. If you do not comply with your disclosure requirements, you may do just that. Specifically, hiding assets may cause a judge to hold you in contempt of court, forcing you to go to jail, pay a fine or do both.

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