Preparing for Divorce? Consider Your First Step Carefully

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If you are preparing for a Texas divorce, it is important to move forward with a plan – rather than simply hurling yourself into a divorce and hoping for the best. By considering your options carefully and moving forward with purpose, you help to ensure that your financial and parental rights are well protected throughout. 

Click here to read more about common financial mistakes in a Texas divorce. 

Discuss the Matter with Your Spouse

Because an uncontested divorce in which you are both willing to negotiate terms between yourselves is nearly always preferable, the first step you may want to take is discussing your decision to seek a divorce with your spouse (Read more about the benefits of an uncontested divorce.) No one likes to be blindsided, and even if your spouse sees the writing on the wall, taking the time to discuss the issue with him or her can go a long way toward keeping the peace. There are, however, situations in which this approach isn’t your best option, and making this distinction can be complicated.

Consult with an Experienced Divorce Attorney

The best step forward toward divorce – regardless of your situation – is consulting with an experienced divorce attorney (Is It Time to Call a Texas Divorce Attorney?). Taking this step does not mean that you will necessarily file for divorce before discussing the matter with your spouse, but it will allow you to better understand what your options are and how best to proceed. Depending upon the circumstances involved, your experienced divorce attorney may or may not advise you to file for divorce prior to discussing your decision with your spouse. If you have a good chance of keeping your divorce uncontested, your divorce attorney is very likely to recommend that you discuss it first and file after.

What Not to Do

The worst thing you can do after determining you need a divorce is rushing forward with no plan in place. Filing for divorce requires careful planning, and without a map forward, you are far more likely to lose sight of your divorce priorities and to be less well-prepared to protect your rights throughout the legal process. (8 Important Considerations Before Filing for Divorce)

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All of the following steps can help you better prepare to file:

  • Gather and carefully compile your family’s financial documents

  • Determine your divorce priorities (where are you willing to compromise, and which issues are most important to you)

  • Hire a divorce attorney and formulating a plan forward with him or her

  • Remain willing to negotiate with your ex (without losing sight of your rights and priorities)

Divorce is a difficult process, but the more effort you put into your preplanning, the better prepared you’ll be.

An Experienced Killeen Divorce Attorney Can Help

The path toward divorce is often rocky, but Brett Pritchard at The Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard in Killeen, Texas, is an accomplished divorce attorney with the legal skill, savvy, and drive to help ensure that you obtain divorce terms that work for you – as efficiently as possible. We are here to help, so please do not wait to contact or call us at 254-501-4040 today.


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