Texas Divorce Lawyer for Men
Divorce is not an easy thing for anyone to deal with. However, divorce causes some unique difficulties for men. If you’re a man who is considering divorce or has been told that your spouse wants to divorce you, you need a lawyer who understands the issues you’re facing and can provide you experience and guidance in getting through those issues.
Statistics About Men and Divorce
- Men get married for the first time at an older age than women and also get divorced at an older age, according to the 2014 Texas Department of State Health Services Annual Report on marriage and divorce. The majority of divorces occur for men within the 30- to 44-year-old age group.
- As reported by Brandon Gaille, only about one percent of fathers are awarded sole custody of their children after a divorce, and a third of children in divorce lose contact with their fathers.
- Men experience more health problems during the process of divorcing and after the divorce has taken place, Divorce Mag reports. Some common health problems that divorcing men face include weight fluctuations, insomnia, depression, and anxiety. One reason for this, the source stated, is that men are less likely to seek emotional support from someone who isn’t their spouse, and therefore are left without that support after the marriage breaks up.
- More than half the men older than 25 getting married have been married before, Brandon Gaille reported. Compare this to 44 percent of women over age 25 who are getting married.
- As reported by Psychology Today, 70 percent of all divorces are initiated by women. There is no significant difference in percentage between breakups initiated by men and those initiated by women in non-marriage relationships.
Issues You May Face
When going through a divorce, you may be facing a number of emotions and issues. Here are a few of the common ones:
- Financial concerns: Finances are one of the most difficult things to deal with in a marriage, and divorce can be very difficult on the finances. If you are a business owner, you may be faced with the decision on how to divide the business as an asset, due to community property laws in Texas. You may be concerned as to how a divorce will impact your professional reputation. Whether working for yourself or for someone else, you may be facing the division of your retirement account and other employment benefits. You may be concerned about paying child support and maintenance or with losing your home and other items that you’ve worked hard to build. You may be worried about protecting your credit or being forced to pay for debts that you didn’t create, or did not create alone. You may be tempted or willing to give in to all kinds of demands during the divorce negotiation process just so you don’t have to deal with the topic of divorce anymore.
- Child custody: As noted with the statistics above, women still tend to get custody the majority of the time. While a lot of men do have access to and contact with their children, you may be worried about how to remain an important part of your child’s life and how much contact you will actually have if you and your child are no longer living in the same home. Often, other people who have been divorced will misstate the facts about divorce and child custody, which only adds to your confusion and worry about the situation.
- Emotional and physical health: With so many financial issues to worry about, as well as fear and concern about maintaining a relationship with your children and co-parenting those children with your former spouse, it is no wonder men have a higher incidence of health conditions during and after a divorce. Add to this the statistic about men being less willing to seek emotional support from professionals or others who are not their spouse, and the tendency to not ask questions about processes—including the divorce process. It may be tempting to put the divorce to the side and choose not to deal with it because of the fear and confusion that it causes. However, this may be a big mistake that could cost you in terms of a default judgment against you or simply a lack of participation in working out an agreement that is fair to you.
How The Vendt Law Firm, P.L.L.C., Can Help
Texas divorce attorney Frank J. Vendt has extensive experience with family law, not only as an attorney, but as a divorced father who shares custody of his child, as well. He not only understands the feelings you’re dealing with, but also knows first-hand that there is life after divorce. His goal is to help you get to that life as quickly and painlessly as possible. Some of the assistance you will receive from The Vendt Law Firm, P.L.L.C., include:
- Answers and information: With our Texas divorce attorney, you are able to ask any questions you have about the divorce process and feel confident that those questions will be answered honestly and with care.
- Guidance in resolving the issues: Divorce doesn’t have to be adversarial, and—in truth—the more you and your spouse are able to agree on the division of marital property, child custody issues, and other items in your divorce, the better the process will be for everyone. We provide guidance through mediation with you and your spouse, if necessary. We also are willing to negotiate on your behalf with your spouse’s attorney. Or, if an agreement cannot be reached, we are willing to fight for your rights in the courtroom. Throughout the entire process, you will be informed as to what is happening, your options will be explained, and your rights will be our priority.
If you’re in Richmond, Sugar Land, Katy, or Rosenberg, and you’re considering a divorce or have been told that your spouse wants a divorce, contact The Vendt Law Firm online today to schedule a consultation with our divorce attorney, or call (832) 276-9474.