This week was Valentine’s Day. For many, it’s a day of love and appreciation. It’s a day when many women find themselves sporting their engagement rings for the first time.
For many more, it’s a day of heartbreak, deceit and divorce.
Valentine’s Day has been called the “coming out” day for cheaters. It’s the day when incriminating receipts are inadvertently left lying around. It’s a day when needs aren’t met.
A day when true feelings are exposed.
And in the midst of what is supposedly a celebration of love, people break up.
Marriages break up.
So in light of Valentine’s week and the aftermath of Valentine’s Day, we’ll discuss a few legal issues that may come to the forefront this week.
- Separation. Many couples will file for divorce this week, or at least threaten to. When a couple breaks up, the official filing of the divorce doesn't happen until much later. At first, couples separate. They live apart as they try to resolve their issues. They live apart because they can no longer live together. In Texas, however, there is no such thing as a "legal separation."
- Filing for divorce. In many cases, the divorce filing isn't done until several months after the couple has been separated. The divorce papers must be filed in court by one of the spouses. Only then does the divorce officially begin.
- Prenuptial agreements. For the lucky ones who got engaged this Valentine's Day, it's time to plan out your finances and make sure that you protect yourself going forward. A prenuptial agreement helps the soon-to-be-married couple figure out the division of assets and prevent misunderstandings over property during the marriage.
Whether you're headed to the altar or headed to divorce court after this Valentine's Day, a divorce lawyer can help you figure out the legal issues.
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