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Can Children Prevent Divorce?

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The United States has a divorce rate of almost 50 percent. As stated through, couples with children have a slightly lower rate of divorce than childless couples. Does this mean children in a marriage can keep parents from growing apart?

At least 66 percent of divorced couples do not have children. Sociologists believe that the absence of children in a relationship can lead to loneliness, which can lead to a depressing marriage. Not being able to have children can also be a common cause for a divorce.

Perhaps another reason why married couples with children don't get divorced as often as childless couples is because of all the legal issues that are associated with children and divorce. In Texas, the experienced Houston family law attorneys are familiar with the challenges parents face when trying to decide on issues regarding child support, child custody and visitation.

When parents divorce in Texas, the divorce decree is supposed to specify with whom the divorcing couple's children will live with. If the parents can't work out a fair arrangement that they agree upon, attorneys and mediators will often get involved in the case. If no agreement on child custody can be made after mediation or other out-of-court proceedings, the Texas family courts will make a decision on child custody and visitation.

Many parents often see the simplest option as staying together until the child is 18 years of age. Once the child is 18 years old, the courts no longer make decisions on custody and no parent is ordered to pay child support.

Related Resources:

  • How Child Custody Decisions Are Made (FindLaw)
  • Find a Houston Family Law Attorney (FindLaw)
  • Divorce and Children (FindLaw)

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