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Prenuptial agreements are great for young couples

Residents of Fort Worth, Texas, and Tarrant, Texas, may ask themselves who premarital contracts, also known as prenuptial agreements and prenups, are good for. The answer is everybody. Although classically associated with rich older men who marry pretty younger women, prenups are good even for young couples who marry at a point in their lives when they have only a minimum of material assets.

One good reason is that getting a prenups acknowledges that divorce is in fact something that happens, and should be realistically prepared for, much like acknowledging that traffic accidents happen and using that knowledge as a basis for safety-enhancing decisions like wearing seat belts. Additionally, prenups get the couple to discuss their finances at the beginning of their marriage, coming to mutual understandings about both what they have at that time and what their long-term plans are.

Military couples at risk of divorce

Many young couples who marry in Fort Worth, Texas, and Tarrant, Texas, do so with the dream of their lives together lasting forever. However, like in other parts of the country, a high percentage of the couples divorce. For couples under 30, divorce is most prevalent amongst couples with a husband or a wife who is a first-line enlisted military supervisor. That position involves coordinating activities of other military personnel and leading operations. Couples with a husband or a wife who holds that position have a divorce rate of 30 percent, according to analysis done by the career website Zippia of data in the Public Use Microdata Sample produced by the Census Bureau.

That analysis also showed high rates of divorce among couples with a husband or wife who worked as automotive service technicians, mechanics, logisticians or in positions that involved military-enlisted tactical operations or air weapons.

What is an uncontested divorce?

When Fort Worth, Texas, and Tarrant, Texas, marriages end, they may be contested and take a long time to finalize.

In other cases, however, the couple may agree to an uncontested divorce. In those cases, the couple can access streamlined court procedures, saving themselves money and time.

Wife wants to break prenup in divorce from billionaire

There are many married couples in Fort Worth, Texas, and Tarrant, Texas, and many of those couples have prenuptial agreements. Those are supposed to be binding in the event of a divorce, and often are, but are sometimes challenged by the person who will be getting less than he or she wants to get in the divorce. That is happening with a billionaire and his wife.

The two have been married for at least 10 years. They signed a prenuptial agreement before they got married. However, the wife has now decided that she dislikes the prenuptial agreement that she signed and is challenging it. The agreement, she says, gives her only about 1 percent of the fortune that her husband earned through his work. Of course her husband, the founder of Citadel, is worth $5 billion, so 10 percent is in absolute terms more money than most people will ever have.

Grandparents should understand their custody and visitation

While the Fort Worth, Texas, and Tarrant, Texas, areas include many happy families, there are others that have been torn apart by the separation or divorce of the parents. In those cases, Texas family law addresses custody and visitation rights. Everyone knows that this is done in regards to the parents of the children; however, it may also be done with regards to the grandparents of the children.

Grandparents can be awarded full custody if they can prove in court that their having custody is in the best interests of the children. Alternatively, they can be awarded visitation if that is determined to be in the best interests of the children and if certain conditions are met.

Military families should plan for their children's care

There are many military families in Fort Worth, Texas, and Tarrant, Texas. When those families break up, the number one question is how to best address taking care of the children. That can be a challenge for military family law, since military members are often deployed to many different locations, including dangerous ones, to which their former husband or former wife will not accompany them.

Deployment in and of itself, provided children are not exposed to unsafe conditions, should not suffice to prevent a military member from getting custody of their children. However, stability of residence is often a key factor in civilian child custody decisions and is fairly a key factor in military custody decisions as well. After all, children do need stability.

Understand how the child's best interests are determined

One of the primary concerns of a child custody case is determining what is in the child's best interests. This is something that is easy to forget because the parents in these cases often think about how various arrangements are going to impact them instead of thinking about the child.

Several different points are in the picture when you are trying to determine what is in the child's best interests. Some of these points are important in some cases, but not others. It is imperative that you think about your child's unique circumstances when you are trying to make a case for his or her best interests.

3 options to make the holidays work for your family

The holidays are fun, but they can also be hard. You're divorced, and your kids split their time with you and your ex. Usually, this goes very smoothly, but you find it complicated around the holidays because everyone can't realistically be together at the same time.

Making it work requires planning ahead. It requires cooperation. If you're dedicated to it, though, you and your ex can find a solution. Below are three options:

What you need to do for a deployment divorce

Military service members are trained to follow protocol, and they're extremely good at thinking on their feet. As such, if the service member you're married to has told you that he or she wants to get a divorce, you will need a plan -- and you'll need to stay creative and flexible with that plan -- just like your spouse is going to do.

The issues relating to a military divorce are different and more difficult to navigate when your divorcing spouse is currently deployed. As such, let's take a look at the steps you should take if you're getting divorced while your spouse is in the middle of his or her deployment:

  • Consider contacting a lawyer: You may want to shop around for a lawyer familiar with military divorces, and visit at least three different lawyers before you decide which one is right for you. Your lawyer will guide you through your divorce and protect your legal rights and interest.
  • Find a mental health counselor: No matter how tough you think you are, divorce is not easy. You may need to speak with a mental health counselor to help sort out your emotions. The experience can be very helpful and rewarding.
  • Get your documents in order: Gather all of your financial documents and other information pertaining to your children and your marriage. Your divorce lawyer will give you a list of everything you'll need to collect.
  • Get a handle on your finances: The better you understand your finances -- including monthly bills, debts and assets -- the better you'll be at navigating asset division, which is one of trickiest parts of any divorce process.
  • Establish your separation: You'll want to establish the moment when you became separated from your spouse. You may not need to wait until your service member comes back from deployment, and it's important to establish the date of separation as soon as possible.

A prenup can make your company separate property

You're a company owner and now you're getting married. You want to protect yourself and your business in case you get divorced. You're just being realistic. You've been building this company for years and can't let anything compromise your vision or your success.

You may want to consider a prenuptial agreement. You can have it written so that it specifically shows that your business is a separate asset and your spouse has no claim to the company.

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