Preparing for a Texas Divorce
Every divorce has a unique trajectory, but there are components of divorce that apply to every divorcing couple. By better understanding the basics of obtaining a Texas divorce, you will be better prepared to travel the complicated path forward.
Is Divorce Your Best Option?
If you are considering divorce, take the time to truly contemplate whether divorce is the resolution you seek. Speaking with a couple’s counselor or therapist can help you get in closer touch with where you actually are in your marriage. Your trusted friends, family members, congregants at your place of worship, and your family law firm are all good resources for finding a counselor who is a good fit. (Read more: Can Your Marriage Be Saved?)
Forge a Working Knowledge of Your Marital Assets and Debts
If you are not closely involved with your family’s financials, it is time to become better acquainted with your marital assets and debts. Your divorce settlement will hinge upon these numbers, and it is important that you have a working knowledge of what is involved. Work closely with your knowledgeable divorce attorney to help ensure that your rights are well represented throughout the divorce process. If your divorcing spouse is in charge of your joint finances, it can make obtaining a reliable financial snapshot both more difficult and more important.
Understand the Division of Property in Texas
Texas is a community property state. This means that the court will determine how to divide your marital assets and debts according to what it considers to be “just and right.” This does not mean that the court will necessarily split your marital property evenly down the middle. If you and your spouse are unable to come to a settlement agreement, the court will get involved and will determine your settlement for you.
Discuss Important Divorce-Related Decisions with Your Attorney
Because divorce is so difficult and so fraught with emotions, you may be tempted to forego a careful decision-making process in favor of a quick fix – moving out of your marital home, for example. This is rarely in your best interest and is likely to result in consequences that you have not even considered. Discuss major decisions like this with your divorce attorney before you proceed.
If You Are Moving Toward Divorce, an Experienced Central Texas Divorce Lawyer Can Help
The dedicated divorce attorneys at The Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard in Central Texas have the experience, skill, and compassion to help guide you on the path toward a divorce settlement that protects your rights. We are here to help, so please call us at (254) 220-4225 today.
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