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Divorce news: law enables couple to live separately in same house

When married couples in Texas consider the weighty prospect of getting a divorce, many do not do so lightly. Whether discussing the prospect of divorce for weeks, months or years, talks between the two often take a long time, as both know that the results of the discussions will directly affect not only one another, but their children and family as well. A new bill in a different state that affects how couples may approach divorce was recently signed into law.

The law was signed by the governor of that state on Monday. In it, the couple's official date of separation will be defined by the actual date that the final -- and complete -- break in their marriage occurred. This will continue to apply, even if the two people decide to keep living in the same residence.

The court will then evaluate the intention of either one or both individuals to end their respective marriage. Additionally, the court will assess whether their behavior towards each other truly shows that they have actually broken up. The law will take effect in California in January 2017.

Divorce can be a tricky legal process. When a Texas resident is considering getting a divorce, it is not likely that the individual is up to date on the newest laws, so most individuals typically consult an experienced divorce attorney for advice. With the help of experienced counsel, the individual will be able to better navigate the sometimes lengthy process with greater assurance, knowing that his or her rights will be fully respected, fought for and upheld.

Source:, "New Calif. law says couples can live separately under same roof", Bob Egelko, July 26, 2016

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