Texas Divorce: The Basics

What You Need to Know Before You Begin the Texas Divorce Process

The divorce process is never easy, but there are steps that you can take to better prepare yourself for the difficult path ahead and mitigate the hardships involved. While no two divorces are exactly alike, they all share certain elements that are important to consider. Take the time to learn the basics, and you’ll be better prepared to take on your divorce.

Determine Whether Your Marriage Is Truly Over or Not

If you’re considering divorce in Texas, your emotions inevitably run high. It can be not easy to make important decisions in this state. If your spouse insists on a divorce, there may not be much you can do about it. If that isn’t the case, take the time to ensure that a divorce is the answer you seek before rushing forward with the legal process. There are various options for couples counseling – ask a trusted friend or family member for a counselor recommendation, research the services available at your place of worship, or speak with a reputable family law firm about resources in Houston. Even if your spouse isn’t interested in moving forward with counseling or therapy, it can help you get a better handle on whether divorce is right for you.

Seek Experienced Legal Counsel

Even if you don’t ultimately pursue a divorce, it’s in your best interest to consult with an experienced family law attorney early on. A knowledgeable divorce lawyer will discuss what you’re likely to encounter throughout the divorce process, including what your settlement might look like. Divorce is scary, but knowing that you have a knowledgeable professional to guide you can help.

Don’t Make Important Decisions Before Discussing them with Your Attorney.

If your marriage is beginning to feel unmanageable—or even impossible—you may be tempted to move out of your marital home and deal with the details of your divorce down the road. Decisions like this one, however, can have dramatic reverberations throughout your divorce—and beyond. Talk to an experienced divorce attorney before making important decisions that could have consequences you haven’t considered.

If You’ve Been Unfaithful in Your Marriage, Share the Information with Your Lawyer

If you’ve had an extramarital affair, you may be tempted to unburden yourself of the guilt by telling your spouse or a trusted friend about it. While this is an understandable impulse, you’ll be doing yourself a favor if, instead, you share the information with your experienced divorce attorney – and only with your experienced divorce attorney. Although Texas is a no-fault divorce state – which means you can obtain a divorce for any reason and need not prove your spouse was engaged in wrongdoing – having an affair can still affect your divorce settlement.

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Consider Your Finances Before You Pursue a Divorce

If you’re considering a divorce, carefully consider your finances before you begin the process. Divorce does strange things to people – even the person you think you know best in the world (your spouse) may surprise you during the divorce process. This can include playing dirty financial tricks. Your family law attorney will help you assess your financials and how best to proceed. While every couple’s financial circumstances are unique, there are things that you can do before beginning the divorce process to help safeguard your finances throughout. Having a sound financial plan can help you avoid some common divorce pitfalls.

Consider All of Your Valuables

Ultimately, you’ll need a financial snapshot of your marital assets and debts. But there’s more to consider than just the financial component. You also own purely sentimental things, such as photo albums, family portraits, and family heirlooms and keepsakes. Now’s a good time to consider safeguarding those items that can never be replaced.

Your Marital Assets and Debts

After issues relating to child custody, child support and dividing your marital assets and debts is likely to be the most critical element of your divorce. The more you know about your family’s financials, the better off you’ll be. Gather all the financial information and documents you can early on and organize them into something you can share with your divorce attorney. With a clear picture of your marital finances, your skilled divorce attorney can help guide you in the direction that best protects your financial future.

Your Divorce Goals

If you’re at the point where moving forward with a divorce is an inevitability, it’s important to remember that Texas is a community property state. This means that your marital assets won’t necessarily be divided straight down the middle but that the court will determine what it considers “just and right” within your circumstances. The court’s version of just and right will likely not coincide with your own.

Further, regarding the details of your child custody arrangement, you have a vested interest in carefully crafting the custody schedule that you believe is best for your children. While the court always prioritizes children’s best interests, you know better about your children.

The more you and your spouse can agree, the less the court will decide on your behalf. If you and your soon-to-be ex can’t hammer out the details together (with the help of your respective attorneys), a mediator may be able to help you find common ground.  The mediation process is a great way to save on legal expenses.

If You’re Considering Divorce, You Need a Dedicated Houston Family Law Attorney

While it’s impossible to predict exactly how your divorce will proceed at the outset, there are some basic steps that you can take to protect yourself along the way. The dedicated divorce attorneys at the Rudisel Law Firm, P.C., have the experience, knowledge, and compassion to help guide your divorce toward its best possible resolution. We’re here to help, so please fill out an online evaluation using the “Contact Us” link in the menu or call us at 713-781-7775 today.

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