Every divorce is different, but there are some themes that many have in common. Family, money and emotions all tend to weigh heavily in the balance.
Successfully navigating this complex legal process often means facing these highly personal issues with patience, logic and tenacity. It takes work, but the investment tends to pay off in the form of a more stable agreement.
1. Family future
A primary concern during divorce is building a future with two households. This typically involves forming a co-parenting plan. The most effective plans — that is, the ones that typically avoid future conflict — are the plans that take various potential circumstances into account.
It is rare that one parent leaves the picture entirely. However, it is relatively common for one to live with the children most of the year, assuming many of the day-to-day responsibilities and privileges of parenthood.
Various types of financial concerns may need attention during a divorce. This could include child support, spousal support and the separation of personal and marital property.
As far as dividing property goes, Texas has community property laws. This fact leads to the misconception that judges always split marital property in half. In fact, the actual division may have much more nuance.
Emotions tend to run high during the divorce process. However, this is a time when cool heads often prevail.
Repressing or overindulging in emotions and emotional responses could lead to mistakes that affect a family’s future for years to come. On the other hand, processing emotions or channeling them into constructive legal work might have the opposite effect.