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There may be an interesting reason for the tendency to divorce

Many Fort Worth, Texas, and Tarrant, Texas, marriages last from the moment that the couple says "I do," to the moment that "death do they part," with decades of bliss in between. Some marriages, however, end in divorce, and there are a variety of reasons why that happens. Causes range from unfair laws and biased cultural structures to financial problems and infidelity.

Intriguingly, some people are now claiming that another reason may be genetics. This is being looked at as a possibility in a new study led by a psychology professor who works for Virginia Commonwealth University. The study, done in cooperation with researchers from the Lund University in Sweden, looks at Swedish families who have been affected by divorce and seeks to determine if there is a genetic proclivity for divorce.

Modifications can be made to divorce decrees

Many marriages in Fort Worth, Texas, and Tarrant, Texas, end in divorce. When that happens, family law allows for modifications of the divorce decree. Modifications are rarely made in regards to property division, but are made often in child-related areas, such as custody and visitation. Indeed, within one family, modifications may be made several times between when the children are young and when they graduate high school.

Parents can informally make modifications by agreement. They are free to do, provided that the modifications are in the best interests of the children. However, their duties and rights will not officially change unless the modifications are approved by the court.

Couples are getting postnuptial agreements

Many married couples live in the Fort Worth, Texas, and Tarrant, Texas, areas. Sometimes, couple's marriages end in divorce, resulting in property division that is often acrimonious. That acrimony can be precluded by prenuptial agreements, which make unambiguously clear how assets are to be divided. However, some couples don't have prenuptial agreements, and wind up pursuing postnuptial agreements instead.

A postnuptial or postmarital agreement is much like a premarital contract, setting the terms of any future divorce of the marriage. However, a premarital contract is signed before the marriage starts, and a postnuptial agreement is signed after the marriage has begun. Postnuptial agreements are upheld much less often than premarital contracts are, which is a good reason to construct any postnuptial agreement very carefully with the help of an attorney.

Parents can get child custody modifications

Throughout Fort Worth, Texas, and Tarrant, Texas, many parents are never married, separated or divorced. Correspondingly, they need to have child custody arrangements. Since their circumstances may change over time, parents who start out with one arrangement may need to pursue a modification in court at a later time. While courts are said to be reluctant to change child custody arrangements for frivolous reasons when those arrangements are going well, there are reasons why courts will consider making changes.

A key one, of course, is the children being in danger. If you genuinely believe that to be the case, don't hesitate to act to protect them. Danger may come in the form of actions by one parent, or of inactions, such as failing to keep children away from hot stoves or out of the street. It can also come from another adult who is spending time at that parent's residence, such as a short-term or even long-term new partner. Talk with your child and understand their experiences.

Shared parenting is good in child custody cases

There are many happy couples in the Fort Worth, Texas, and Tarrant, Texas, areas, living together and cooperatively co-parenting their daughters and sons. However, some parents part ways, no longer live together and are faced with needing to resolve matters of child custody. Working out those matters in a constructive manner is imperative for the emotional health of the children.

Many experts advocate for shared parenting arrangements unless one parent, by action or inaction, would be a potential source of harm. In other situations, though, shared parenting is best, as a Wake Forest University professor recently affirmed.

Many issues are involved in military divorces

There are many military families in the Fort Worth, Texas, and Tarrant, Texas, areas. When the couples who founded those families part, they may find themselves facing issues related to military family law, military divorce and retirement benefits. Military divorces typically center on the money and the children.

Since military life often involves long deployments and frequent moves, the nonmilitary spouse may have been unable to maintain consistent employment during the marriage. They may have also not been able to pursue higher education and increase their ability to earn money at a good level. Because of that, they may be awarded spousal support in the divorce, paid for by the military spouse.

Millennials have good reasons for wanting prenuptial agreements

Millennials are asking for prenuptial agreements much more than what was common in the past. One of the reasons for this is that they are more in tune with their financial goals and they aren't afraid to speak up about this matter.

A prenuptial agreement is important for anyone who is getting married, regardless of their financial situation right now. This is especially true if you and your betrothed have different views about money. For example, if you like to spend money and your significant other likes to save, a prenuptial agreement can help to protect both parties.

Are you prepared for divorced military parenting?

When military couples with children divorce, they must deal with not only the issues that all divorcing parents face, but also some additional difficulties. If you and your military spouse are facing a divorce on the horizon, or if you are already knee-deep in one, you must focus on creating the best possible post-divorce environment for your children.

One of the most important things to consider is how you and your spouse will balance one or both of your service requirements with your responsibilities as a parent. Depending on the age of your children, you may still continue to deal with these matters throughout their entire upbringing. It is very difficult to know exactly what the status will be a year from now, let alone 10 or 15 years in the future.

7 divorce facts you should know before you say 'I do'

Divorce rates in 2015 were lower than they had been in the past four decades. Bowling Green State University's data showed that for every 1,000 women in 2015, there were 16.9 divorces. Below, you'll find some facts about divorce that you should consider before you marry, but it's important to remember that no two weddings or divorces are the same.

  1. Couples who marry when they are in their late 20s may have less of a chance of divorcing.
  2. Couples who are closer in age have a lower risk of divorcing. Couples who have a 10-year difference in their ages are 39 percent more likely to divorce. A five-year difference in ages makes these couples 18 percent more likely to divorce.
  3. Husbands who do not work full-time have a higher risk of divorcing. Two and a half percent of couples where the husband worked full-time were not as likely to divorce.
  4. The more you spend on your wedding, the higher risk of divorcing. However, couples who had more than 200 people at their weddings were 92 percent less likely to get a divorce than couples who didn't have anyone attend the wedding.
  5. Women with three to nine sexual partners were less likely to divorce. Women who had 10 or more sexual partners, however, were likely to divorce.
  6. Infidelity, domestic violence and alcohol or drug abuse are common reasons for divorce. Also included were a lack of commitment and too much arguing or conflict.
  7. Couples who look at each other with contempt are more likely to divorce. Viewing your spouse as "beneath you" is a common predictor for divorce.

Any of the above reasons could be why you are considering a divorce -- or it could be something else entirely. You may need to seek therapy to truly determine what caused your divorce. In the meantime, an attorney can help you determine what you want from your divorce, including custody, child support, alimony and property division.

Father of twins jailed for contempt of court on transgender issue

A man sits in the Denton County Jail on a charge of contempt of court. The charge is related to his 4-year-old daughter. He has twin girls, but this involves just one of the girls. That girl, according to her father, told him "Daddy, I'm a boy."

He thought she was transgender and he changed her bedroom to look like a boy's room. He also let her play with toys that are typically for boys and to dress in boy clothes.

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