When you got married, the thought of divorce seemed impossible. Sadly, not all marriages hold up over time and divorce is inevitable for some couples. Even when an agreed divorce is the option there is still a lot of emotion, pain, and confusion involved with the next steps you’ll need to take.
If you’ve just said the words “I want a divorce” and don’t know what steps to take next for a smooth transition, here are five tips from a Family Law Attorney that can help you keep a clear head during this time in your life.
Start Practicing Smart Money Habits
Now that you’ve taken the first steps to divorce, it’s time to start considering how you can become financially independent and prevent damage to your credit. After your divorce, you will most likely want to move to a new home and will need sufficient credit and funds to do so. Practice smart money habits like closing and separating joint accounts as this will help keep you out of financial trouble during and after your divorce.
Know What You Want From The Divorce
This may sound obvious, but most people going through a divorce don’t approach the situation with a plan. Simply asking for what you think is fair isn’t enough. Take inventory on what you want, what you need, and what you can easily let go of.
Once you’ve made these decisions, you’ll be prepared to stay on-track during divorce negotiations. When you and your divorce lawyer know what matters to you in this situation, you will be in an excellent position to properly negotiate for what you deem valuable from your marriage.
Learn Your State Laws
Before the divorce begins to come completely underway, you need to get into a legal mindset. Hire a family law attorney and gain an excellent understanding of Texas divorce laws. Make sure you understand how to approach child support., what responsibilities each party has, and how assets are legally divided.
Manage the Legal Aspect of Your Divorce with Marx, Altman & Johnson
Consult with an experienced Family Law Attorney prior to entering any written settlement offers with your spouse. The fact you have hired a Family Attorney does not mean that you will have a contentious divorce on your hands.
More often than not, your Family Law Attorney will assist in guiding your case through a simple mediation process while at the same time, taking steps to ensure that you receive a fair resolution.
Divorce can easily take a mental, physical, and financial toll on your life. Without the right support by your side, you can easily make the wrong decisions during negotiations out of exhaustion and end up with outcomes that can be difficult to reverse once your divorce is final.
If you need guidance regarding the divorce process, the family law attorneys of Marx, Altman & Johnson are here to provide our expertise. We have helped countless people in your situation successfully navigate the terms of their divorce. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.