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Preparing for divorce issues in 2016

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Widely recognized as "divorce month" by attorneys, January tends to be the month that those seeking to end their marriages begin this process. While divorce issues will crop up at any time of year, Texas residents seeking a divorce following the holidays may wish to set aside time to address these possible issues before beginning the filing process. This can help ease the transition and streamline the settlement. 

Updating pertinent paperwork is a good place to start. Wills and trusts may have to be changed to reflect new executors and recipients. Benefits packages, 401ks and a host of other financial information that could influence both parties may also need to be revised. Debts and assets should also be clearly delineated in advance, and joint credit card accounts should be closed or the lines of credit frozen. 

It may also benefit some individuals struggling emotionally with the implications of a divorce to benefit from personal support as well. While this is not true of everyone going through a divorce, sometimes individuals having difficulty with their own emotional states can be prone to a lack of objectivity in handling divorce issues. Obtaining professional counseling, especially for individuals with children, can make a big difference in how they handle their divorce case. 

Some Texas residents are already aware that no two divorces are alike. Divorce issues are as varied as the individuals who choose to end their marriages. However, a good place to start for any divorce is preparedness: the more both individuals can prepare themselves for what's to come, the easier that road is likely to be to traverse. 

Source: The Huffington Post, "10 Essential New Year's Resolutions for Your Divorce", Diana Shepherd, Dec. 30, 2015

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