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alternatives to divorce

Persons considering ending their marriage through the divorce process may also consider marriage counseling, legal separation (in states that recognize such a status), annulment (in limited circumstances), and living apart. Each of these alternatives may have financial and other consequences.

In Texas, individuals contemplating divorce have several alternatives to consider. Marriage counseling is often sought as a means to potentially reconcile differences before proceeding with a divorce. Texas does not recognize legal separation, so even if couples live apart, they are still legally married until a divorce is finalized. Couples may choose to live apart without formalizing the separation, but this does not protect their financial or legal interests. Annulment is another option but is only available under certain circumstances, such as fraud, force, mental incapacity, underage marriage, or if the marriage has not been consummated. Each of these alternatives can have significant financial implications, such as the division of property, spousal support, and child support. It is important for individuals to consult with an attorney to understand the legal and financial consequences of their choices regarding marriage dissolution.

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