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How parents who do not work can protect themselves in divorces

On Behalf of | Jan 24, 2024 | Firm News |

When nonworking parents in Texas get a divorce, protecting themselves is important. Texas community property laws govern the division of marital assets.

This includes assets acquired during the marriage, regardless of who earned them. This knowledge can lay the foundation for fair negotiations during divorce proceedings.

Document financial contributions

The median household income in San Antonio is $59,593. Nonworking parents might not contribute financially to the household in the traditional sense, but their contributions are invaluable. Documenting nonmonetary contributions such as performing childcare, managing household affairs or supporting a spouse’s career can be beneficial.

Having a comprehensive record of the family’s financial history can play an important role in ensuring a fair distribution of assets. Records can include bank statements, tax returns and any documentation related to assets and liabilities.

Safeguard the children’s interests

In divorces, the focus should remain on safeguarding the interests of the children. Nonworking parents can emphasize their role in providing emotional support, stability and care for the children. Highlighting these contributions can influence decisions related to child custody and support.

Maintain financial independence

Opening a separate bank account and keeping separate financial records can contribute to a clearer financial picture during the divorce. This step also aids in protecting personal assets that might be separate and not be subject to division.

Explore mediation

Consider exploring mediation as an alternative to a contentious courtroom divorce. Mediation allows couples to work together with a neutral third party to find mutually agreeable solutions. This approach can be less adversarial. It can provide nonworking parents with an opportunity to voice their concerns and negotiate a fair settlement.

Once the parents reach an agreement, they should finalize the settlement as soon as possible. Timely resolution can bring closure and allow both parties to move forward with their lives. Nonworking parents should ensure that the terms of the settlement address their financial needs and future well-being.

Navigating a divorce as a nonworking parent in Texas requires careful consideration. Fortunately, these parents can take proactive steps to protect themselves.