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When your spouse doesn’t fulfill your need for intimacy

Being in a fulfilling marriage relationship is primarily about intimacy. Although you and your spouse are also partners in business, family and friendship, if you don't have a deep connection, you could be left wondering whether you're wasting your time and happiness on someone who isn't compatible or capable of meeting your needs.

Marital intimacy comes in a wide variety of forms. There's emotional intimacy, intellectual intimacy and sexual intimacy. In some magical relationships, spouses actually have all three of these kinds of intimacy. In others, they just have one or two, and it's enough to fulfill each spouse's relationship needs. But what if you don't have any kind of intimacy anymore?

Alimony laws are changing

Many divorces occur in Fort Worth, Texas, and Tarrant, Texas. When they do, a chief concern of those getting divorced is who will get the stuff and the money. After all, both former partners are looking at their futures, and recognizing that they live in a material world where it takes cold hard cash to pay for the necessities of life. Yet financial matters like alimony, long a part of family law, are being addressed differently than they used to be.

In decades past, sexist stereotypes dominated and women were inaccurately portrayed as being less capable of earning their own living after a marriage ended. However, in 2018, women are getting more college degrees than men are, and correspondingly, have much more earning power than a housewife of the 1950's would have had. That is one of the reasons why many states are changing alimony laws, challenging the premise that an ex-wife needs to be a dependent of an ex-husband as though she wouldn't be capable of providing for herself with her own income.

Can children request a change in their custody?

Residents of Fort Worth, Texas, and Tarrant, Texas, often find themselves in child custody situations. Some of those situations are the result of the parents getting divorced or separating if never married. In each case, child custody arrangements are made by the parents themselves or by the court. Either way, a challenge that often arises is when the children say that they want to live with the current noncustodial parent. Many parents have questions about what effect that can have.

What is necessary for a child's custody request to be granted?

Military couples need to work at their marriages

In Fort Worth, Texas, and Tarrant, Texas, there are many married military couples. The hope is that most of them will stay married, and raise their children together in the most natural way possible, with both parents and the children sharing a home. Unfortunately, military divorce does happen, splitting families apart and ensuring that children don't get to live with both of their parents.

According to data from the Pentagon, as published on, about 21,290 married troops got divorced in fiscal year 2017. There are over 667,000 troops who are still married. The divorce rate for female military service members is higher than the divorce rate for male service members. This may be due to society's expectations about roles that men and women respectively are allegedly supposed to fit into. However, it may also be due to insufficiently family-friendly policies in the military.

There are many great child custody arrangements

Many Fort Worth, Texas, and Tarrant, Texas, parents raise their children together in one family home. However, sometimes the relationship between the parents ends, and they wind up living in separate residences. When both parents still want to maintain their relationships with their children, they need to make child custody arrangements.

Many people presume that those arrangements will be one parent getting custody, with the children living with him or her the majority of the time, and the other parent getting visitation, only getting to spend time with his or her children on a periodic basis, such as a couple of evenings a month and a couple of weekends a month.

Factors to consider when drafting an airtight prenup

Future spouses rushing to see family law attorneys to help with drafting prenuptial agreements has become increasingly popular in recent years. While changing laws have motivated some to seek out prenups, others have decided to do so after seeing how some celebrity divorces have resulted in one spouse having to turn over his or her assets to his or her ex.

If you're leaning in the direction of having a prenup drafted, then there are two important things to know about them.

Trump tax law affects alimony

Fortunately, many happy couples head towards the altar each year in Fort Worth, Texas, and Tarrant, Texas, persuaded that their lives thenceforth will be wedded bliss until death do them part in accordance with their sacred vows. Unfortunately, many of those marriages end calamitously in divorce, marking a definitive end to the gracious optimism with which the marriages began. At that time, the previous focus on romance and flowers is replaced by a laser-like focus on cold hard cash, who gets it and who pays it.

Now, former couples who are considering divorce will need to get advice about applicable tax laws. Reportedly, the tax law signed by President Trump at the end of 2017 will eliminate the deduction for alimony, also called spousal support or maintenance, for new divorce agreements. Before the new tax law, alimony payments could be written off by the person paying them, reducing their taxable income. However, because of the elimination of the deduction, the person making the alimony payments will no longer be able to write them off. Correspondingly, the person asked to make alimony payments will be less amenable to paying high amounts, since there is no longer a tax benefit to doing so.

Lesbian couple challenges Christian adoption standard

There are many couples in Fort Worth, Texas, and Tarrant, Texas, who want to adopt. Some only want to adopt babies, while others are open to adopting older and special needs children. Sometimes, couples pursuing adoption may face hurdles and allege that those hurdles are due to unfair discrimination, as is the case with a Texas lesbian couple.

That couple is suing both the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), contending that they were not allowed to adopt a refugee child due to qualifications that the religious charity overseeing the placement of the child insisted upon, but with which the couple feels are unfair. The religious charity, Catholic Charities Fort Worth (CCFW), is affiliated with the USCCB. It allegedly used a religious test, insisting that prospective adoptive couples "mirror the Holy Family", when determining the suitability of prospective adoptive and foster parents.

Military marriages should be started with care

There have been military marriages in Fort Worth, Texas, and Tarrant, Texas, for centuries. Many of those marriages start when the couple is in their early twenties. Everyone hopes that those marriages will grow and prosper and avoid military divorce.

When marrying relatively young, the couple is typically very optimistic, with beautiful visions of what their lives together will be like. That is great, and a necessary component of a successful marriage, as well as the joie de vivre of married life.

Get a cohabitation property agreement when living together

Many couples in Fort Worth, Texas, and Tarrant, Texas, live together either before getting married or instead of getting married. If they break up and decide to live apart, that can be kind of sad. If one of them takes the other's stuff, however, that can be really sad.

For that reason, many couples are pursuing an option available to them under family law called a cohabitation property agreement.

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