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1-day divorce may cause further divorce issues

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

No one enters a marriage expecting it to end in a divorce, but if it does, the general human response is often to attempt to find the least frustrating path to resolution. Here in Texas, as elsewhere around the nation, some people hope to resolve divorce issues quickly and cost efficiently through the use of so-called "one-day" or "DIY" divorce packages that promise a settlement without litigation. However, the system might be too good to be true.

When a divorce negotiation begins, it requires comprehensive knowledge of the applicable laws and procedures to maximize the potential for a just settlement. Regrettably, most private individuals lack this sort of in-depth understanding of the laws at work. Even in an amicable divorce, this can lead to roadblocks and missed opportunities.

A woman on the east coast recently filed a DIY divorce from her husband in an amicable situation. However, she misfiled some of her paperwork and, as a result, was redirected to a divorce professional to help go over the specifics. When this happened, she discovered she had very nearly missed out on a portion of her spouse's pension benefits to which she was entitled. Without the specialized knowledge of the professional with whom she collaborated, she may never have known.

Divorce issues can range from child support to asset division and should not be tackled lightly. Texas residents may wish to consider all options available to them before rushing into a DIY solution that may leave one or both spouses without the settlement they deserve. Ultimately, both individuals deserve to move ahead in a positive way in their independent lives.

Source: The New York Times, "California Pioneers the Court-Aided One-Day Divorce", Ann Carrns, June 7, 2014

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