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6 Tips for Before Your Texas Divorce

Finding yourself in a divorce situation can be stressful.  There are ways you can reduce some of the stress in your Texas divorce.  And, one of the best ways I discuss with clients is to answer some questions for yourself and let your divorce attorney know what your decisions are as you begin to work with them.

This list of divorce topics and divorce questions are some of the first divorce questions and divorce topics that I ask about and discuss with my divorce and family law clients in some of our first conversations

  1. After DivorceWhat do you want your future to look like after your divorce? Think about where you want to live and what you want that place to look like.  Think about the practical parts of your future after divorce.  Some might say the mundane and routine things, but I say they are important nonetheless, for example, what vehicle do you want to drive?
  2. Kids and Divorce -If you have kids, what do you want your relationship with your ex to look like after your divorce? What do you want your relationship (where will you live after divorce, when will you see your kids after divorce) to look like with your kids after your divorce?  Will you be able to live close to your kids and your ex-spouse? Will your kids live with you after divorce?  Do you want to have a type of 50/50 time with your kids? If so, what does shared schedule or 50/50 mean to you?  And, how will you make that work?  Will you live down the street, same neighborhood, within 1 mile, within 10 miles after your divorce?
  3. Goals -Set some divorce goals and make your divorce decisions with that goal in mind.  Start thinking about your assets and your personal life as they are now.  Assess where you are now to begin to know what you want your post-divorce life to look like after the divorce is finished.  Begin with understanding the assets and accounts, business interests, real property that the you and your spouse have right now to be able to decide later if some assets are better for you than others including real estate, stocks, brokerage funds, 401k accounts, savings accounts, motor vehicles, business entities.  If you need help getting an understanding of what your marital estate includes, we can help you in your divorce goals.  Consider whether getting a financial professional on your divorce team is a good decision for you.
  4. Divorce Process -Consider how you want to get divorced.  Divorce is a marathon, not a sprint, in most cases. How do you want your divorce to happen?  Do you want to reach an agreement with your spouse? Is there a possibility that a trial will have to happen to conclude the divorce? Do you think you’ll have some conflicts with your spouse right away? Think about how quickly you want to be divorce or may need to move and the costs and benefits of divorcing slowly or divorcing quickly.
  5. Divorce Choices -Decide what you want the divorce journey to look like. For example, if you want your divorce to be as cost effective as it can be, you and your divorce attorney can discuss and make decisions with that in mind.  Remember that you can’t plan for everything in a divorce but making decisions with a divorce goal in mind will allow you to be proactive and not just reactive through the process.
  6. Divorce Lawyer -Which divorce lawyer will help you through this journey? Do you want a divorce lawyer near you? What kind of divorce attorney you need will depend on the answers to your questions?  Once you have considered these types of questions and We will discuss these things with you and many other things in our first divorce consultation.  Call today to make your appointment with an experienced Denton County divorce attorney, Jill O’Connell.

As always, this is not a substitute for legal advice. You need to visit with divorce attorney Jill O’Connell to get legal advice for your case.

Call today to set your appointment to visit with me about your divorce, 940-497-5454.

Jill O’Connell