If you’re going through a divorce, you might be wondering what to expect from the process. You should know that there are many different ways to handle a divorce, depending on factors such as your shared assets, your relationship with your spouse, whether there are children in the picture and more.
If you are filing for divorce in Texas, there are a few steps you can take to make the process easier and to help you navigate the various challenges along the way. These include:
- Do Your Homework
In a divorce case you will likely have to divide assets and debts, so it’s important to start compiling documentation that shows what the current state of the assets and debts are. This can help the case move a bit quicker.
- Find an Attorney
If you want to get divorced, you must first find an attorney who specializes in family law. You should hire an attorney who has experience handling cases similar to yours. An experienced lawyer will be able to help you understand what to expect during the process and will know which documents you need to file.
- Consider a Mediator
A mediator is a third party, different from an attorney, who can help you and your spouse navigate issues related to a divorce, such as property division. A mediator can be particularly useful if you and your spouse are dealing with painful emotions related to the divorce that may cloud your judgment on how to proceed or interact with one another.
- Agree on General Terms
Divorcing parties can walk through what they want the outcome of the divorce to be and reach a compromise ahead of time. If you can reach general terms of agreement, you can take the agreement to your respective attorneys and work on final orders. This will help speed up the process and may save on costs in the long run.
- Begin Separating Accounts
There are several steps you can take to begin disentangling your life from your spouse before any legal actions have been taken. This could include getting a new email address, opening a separate bank account, changing your online passwords for personal accounts, and updating your emergency contact information. Taking care of these steps early in the process can save time, money, and emotional effort.
This blog does not constitute legal advice. For more information about hiring a family law attorney to represent you in your divorce case, contact Sandoval Family Law today.