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Texas divorce: Don't settle for less than you deserve

Friday, September 22, 2017

The dissolution of a marriage may not coincide with someone's current emotional state. As with any major life change, a Texas divorce can be a painful process. Although emotions may be fragile, it could be helpful to focus on that fact that divorce is a legal process, and marital assets should be divided in a way fair to all. Avoiding some common blunders could help achieve a comprehensive settlement.

Refrain from signing any paperwork without first conferring with someone representing your interests. There may be a strong desire to get the divorce over with as quickly as possible, but failing to read a document or signing it in haste could lead to subsequent problems. Although it may be tempting to talk about a pending divorce, sometimes the less that is said is better. This approach could help prevent statements made in the emotion of the moment from coming back during divorce proceedings to haunt the person who made them.

When children are involved, the stakes may be higher. Spouses with primary custody are entitled to receive a fair amount of child support instead of settling for an amount designed to ensure a quick end to the process. Seeking life insurance and/or a disability insurance policy could also be a good idea for the future, especially in the event of the noncustodial parent's subsequent death or physical incapacity.

Communication is often an important aspect of any divorce. However, some couples going through a Texas divorce find it difficult to reach an agreement. When negotiations break down, it may make sense to have a court step in and decide unresolved issues.

Source: Huffington Post, "17 Common Mistakes To Avoid In Divorce Proceedings," Sherri Donovan, Feb. 5, 2013

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