8 Important Considerations before Filing for Divorce

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Updated on August 24, 2022

If you have come to the difficult determination that you need a divorce, there are eight important basics you should take into careful consideration. Understanding these guidelines can help you move through your divorce with the purpose and confidence you need to make it to the other side.

While there are universal basics that apply to understanding divorce, your case won’t be like anyone else’s. To get more personalized insights on your divorce case, you need an experienced Central Texas divorce attorney on your side. Contact a lawyer today for the help you need.

1. Sanitize Your Social Media Posts

If you have posted anything remotely questionable on social media, take it down. Such posts can live on once deleted (via screenshots and other means), but removing them demonstrates that you have the maturity and sense to recognize their inherent inappropriateness. Once you have done this, keep your social media accounts spotless moving forward.

To learn more about social media’s impact on divorce cases, read “How Does Social Media Affect My Divorce?

2. Do Not Threaten Your Spouse

Sending threatening, berating, or belittling texts, emails, voicemails, or calls to your spouse will very likely come back to haunt you. Think twice before communicating in a mean-spirited way with your spouse.

If your spouse engages in such behavior, keep careful records of the activity. It is important to protect yourself, especially if you are divorcing from an abusive spouse.

3. Understand the Standing Orders in Your Jurisdiction

Many Texas jurisdictions have orders directing divorcing spouses not to transfer money from joint accounts and not to make purchases that are not related to reasonable living expenses. Your experienced Central Texas divorce attorney will help you better understand those orders that apply to your jurisdiction.

4. Do Not Involve Your Children in Litigation

Only in the most extreme circumstances should you involve your children in litigation, and never coach your children about how to respond if they are asked questions related to the divorce. Your goal should be to help your children work through their difficult emotions related to divorce and to protect their best interests.

5. Change All of Your Personal Passwords

Keep your own personal accounts protected by changing your passwords, but remember that it is illegal to change passwords on any joint accounts. By restricting your spouse’s access to your personal information, you can protect yourself from attempts of divorce fraud against you.

6. Do Not Obtain Illegal Evidence

Downloading information off of your spouse’s computer or phone is likely illegal, and the information obtained will not only be inadmissible in your case but can also lead to hefty fines. Learn more by reading “What Evidence Do You Need for Your Contested Divorce in Texas?” or by speaking with an experienced Central Texas divorce attorney.

7. If You Fear Domestic Violence, Protect Yourself

If you are divorcing from an abusive spouse and are afraid that you or your children are in danger of domestic violence, do whatever is necessary to protect yourself and your children. Resources are available.

8. Do Not Be So Hard on Yourself

Cut yourself some slack by recognizing that divorce is a very difficult and anxiety-provoking process that is going to trip you up from time to time. Give yourself permission not to be perfect and seek the additional support you need. Taking time for self-care during divorce is one of the best steps you can take.

If You Are Facing Divorce, Call an Experienced Central Texas Divorce Attorney

Attorney Brett H. Pritchard at The Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard in Central Texas understands how difficult the divorce process can be, and he will help you navigate the path to your case’s most positive resolution. Mr. Pritchard has the experience, skill, knowledge, and compassion to help ensure that your and your children’s rights are protected throughout your divorce.

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us online or call us at (254) 781-4222 today.

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