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More alimony for ex-husbands

An evolving dynamic in society may be affecting divorces of Texas couples. Lawyers practicing family law have noticed a recent increase in the number of men asking for alimony in divorce hearings. Women earning more than their male spouses is becoming a more prominent trend throughout the entire country. he most recent data from the Census Bureau indicates that of those people receiving alimony payments in 2010, men only accounted for three percent of this total. This could be changing. According to a survey conducted by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers in 2012, 47 percent of the respondents indicated that they had noticed among their own clients an increase in how many women now pay spousal support. This trend is likely to continue as women earn more in the workplace. The CEO of a financial planning firm for divorcees recalls waiting three years in at the start of his career to see a woman making alimony payments. His financial planning firm has now had seven cases with women paying spousal support in 2013. Many people are still resistant to accept this new dynamic because it clashes with conventional attitudes developed throughout society. Some judges remain skeptical of men asking for alimony, and men are generally less committed to these claims than women are. Some lawyers have been successful helping men without children receive alimony payments as well. Spousal support is often a key issue during a divorce proceeding, and it can sometimes be a contentious one as well. While the Supreme Court has ruled that the determination of an alimony award has to be made on a gender-neutral basis, it may take some time before men are comfortable in requesting it.

Model Karen Elson divorces musician Jack White

Residents of Texas interested in divorce cases, or perhaps undergoing one of their own, may be interested in learn that a judge in Nashville has finalized the divorce between British singer Karen Elson and Jack White. The couple filed for divorce in Tennessee in 2012 after marrying there in 2005. They have two children together, of whom Karen Elson has been granted primary custody. Jack White will have custody of his children 150 days a year.

What to ask prior to divorce

Texas couples who are preparing to end their marriage may wonder what information they could use to help simplify the process. People often have so many concerns and questions that it can be overwhelming. Having some basic information about divorce early on can help, so it is important to know what types of questions to ask at the beginning.

Importance of prenuptial agreements

If a recent survey performed by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers is any indication, many Texas residents may decide to seek a prenuptial agreement before getting married. The survey found that 63 percent of the divorce lawyers who responded indicated that they had seen an increase in the number of these agreements over the past three years. However, prenuptial agreements can be a sensitive subject for many people. Before deciding to enter into one, some tips may be useful.

Divorce can have a fair outcome

If a divorce is amicable, both parties could be better off financially in the long run, according to a financial advisor. Trained mediators who handle financial disputes might help each partner work out a fair and equitable share of their assets and combined incomes. Most states, like Texas, have a wide range of mediators available for consultation. Most of the stress during a divorce is finance-related; individuals often have to change their lifestyles and cut expenses. In some states, assets can be cut nearly in half during a divorce.

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