3 Things to Be Aware of Before Filing for Divorce

Considering a divorce? Sadly, that happens in roughly half of all marriages in the United States. If you’ve never been divorced before or don’t know anyone who has, you might be feeling stressed or unsure of how to proceed. The choices you make once you begin the divorce process can impact your life for years to come. If you have children, the stakes can be even higher. Before filing for divorce, there are many things to consider. There are also a few things you’ll want to be aware of, since not knowing them can cost you both money and time.

  1. Temporary restraining orders. Divorcing couples sometimes seek to hide, move, or dispose of assets before they can be fully evaluated. A temporary restraining order can prevent this — if it’s done in a timely way. This order demands that no assets be sold or moved before they can be assessed and divided by the courts. It also requires that after filing for divorce, both parties treat each other respectfully. This means no harassment, bullying, or threats.
  2. No-fault divorces exist, but yours may not be one of them. Because Texas allows for the disillusion of a marriage when no parties are at fault, some couples do agree to this to speed up the process. But if you’ve been lied to, cheated on, abused, or otherwise mistreated, you may be entitled to compensation over and above what your spouse has offered. Before you file for divorce, ask an attorney how to best proceed.
  3. It’s possible to use a mediator to engage in what’s called “collaborative divorce.” This is a good option if you and your spouse agree on big issues like child conservatorship or division of assets. Keep in mind, though, that the choices you make may impact your finances or relationship with your kids for years — decades, even.

Before filing for divorce, it’s a good idea to speak to someone with experience in cases like yours. Divorced friends or family members will no doubt offer you advice. But the truth is that nobody knows more about family law than an experienced family lawyer. For more information or to arrange a consultation, contact Jennifer@EsproncedaLaw.com.

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