Older people in Texas who are considering divorce may struggle with the emotional turmoil of ending a decades-long marriage as well as the practical difficulties of separating their life from that of their former spouse's. Research says divorce is on the rise among older adults, and this is reflected as well in the divorces of prominent couples such as Morgan Freeman and Myrna Colley-Lee, who were married for 24 years, and Al and Tipper Gore who were married for 40.
Texas parents who are unmarried or divorced may not have a formal child support agreement in place. According to a forthcoming study, while parents and children are better served in the current child support system in terms of more families getting more assistance, overall, the number of families in the system are down. In 2004, 60 percent of custodial parents who were eligible for child support had a formal agreement in place. By 2014, that number had dropped to 49 percent.