Are you considering a divorce? Are you prepared for the changes?
There are many different issues that need to be addressed when a couple decides to get a divorce. The spouses may no longer be able to find agreement on certain issues, which can lead to problems throughout the process. Some people may not understand the significance of what they need to resolve, and this can lead to poor choices at a very critical time.
When a couple gets divorced in Texas, they will need to closely examine the assets that they accumulated during their marriage. Since Texas is a community property state, each spouse may receive an equal share of this property that they received while they were married, with certain exceptions.
Problems can arise if there are questions as to the value of certain assets, or about the income of one of the spouses. This can cause discussions to become sidetracked, leading to a much longer divorce process, which only adds to the stress that the spouses may be feeling.
Some couples may try to quickly bring an end to these proceedings, because they just do not want to deal with these emotions any longer. They just want to move forward and put the matter in the past. What they do not realize is that these property division agreements are often nearly impossible to change, and they will be forced to live with the decisions that they have made.
George Santayana is generally credited as being the first to state, “he who forgets history is condemned to repeat it.” Many people do not understand the relevance this quote has to divorce and the divorce process. Do not make the same mistakes that countless other couples have made. Every divorce presents its own unique challenges, and it is important that you understand what you need to do before you file. Taking the time to learn about the process can help you be sure that you are ready for what can happen once you make the decision to end your marriage.
The relationship that you had with your spouse will likely become much more contentious once the divorce process begins. This can make it more difficult to obtain the information that you need to find a resolution concerning the division of marital property. In some cases, one spouse may even try to hide assets to ensure that the other spouse does not receive their entire share.
If you are considering filing for divorce, you should speak to an experienced family law attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can answer your questions, and help you be confident that you have done all that you can to be ready for what will happen next. This can be a very emotional time, and you need to be able to clearly focus on the important decisions that you are facing.
Prepared by Matthew J. Hill, Managing Member of M. J. Hill & Associates, PLLC.