When two people in Texas decide to get divorced, they may think about how the process will impact all parties involved. This is particularly true for those with young children. However, taking a couple of key steps may help them to approach the divorce process with confidence from day one.
First, it is important to be as financially prepared as possible before commencing a divorce proceeding. This includes having a strong understanding of the family’s finances. Those who are not knowledgeable about their financial situations may benefit from gathering up-to-date information from their financial documents, ranging from account statements to recent tax returns.
Second, a person going through divorce will have to to assess living arrangement options for the future. For instance, perhaps he or she would like to remain in the family home, which can be negotiated during the divorce proceeding. Alternatively, this individual may be fine with selling the home and using the profit to purchase a new home. Either way, it is important that the parties decide how they would like to handle custody and parenting time, assuming they have children, in light of their target living arrangements.
The best situation during divorce is for both parties to be on the same page when tackling matters like property division and child custody. When that is possible, they may be able to create a written settlement agreement outside of court, rather than going to trial. An attorney can guide a divorcing spouse through the out-of-court settlement process with the goal of helping him or her to achieve a fair and binding outcome in Texas.