Divorce happens, but you don’t have to go through it alone. It is important to have an attorney by your side who is willing to fight for you and your children. Most importantly, it is crucial to know what to expect.
Points to consider before getting a divorce
Each divorce and family situation is unique, and a good attorney knows to ask the right questions so that he/she is familiar with your story and the best option for you. When planning for divorce, you should keep the following in mind:
1. Hiring the right attorney – Choose an attorney who is specifically experienced in family law, someone you can trust who will give you the best outcome, someone you are comfortable with. Selecting an attorney based on affordability is not always the best option. Divorce can be costly, but choosing an inexperienced attorney can cost you more in the long run.
2. Be Honest – When communicating with your attorney it is important to always be honest and up front about your situation. In order for your attorney to give you correct advice and represent your best interests, you must disclose all information relevant to your case. Even if you believe that disclosing certain details will affect you negatively, you should be able to trust your attorney to look at all the facts of the case with your best interest in mind. A good attorney knows the law, and he/she will have professional insight in regards to your family situation.
3. Communication – Maintaining good communication with your attorney is essential. Be responsive to emails or phone calls. Expect to produce documents relevant to your case and be cooperative. Texas courts expect certain documents in a specific timeline, and if not provided within the timeline, the lapse can compromise your case. If you have any questions or concerns, it is important to make your attorney aware so they can address them promptly.
4. Patience – Although some divorces are quick and conclude in 60 days, others can take over a year. The length of the time depends on the details of your unique situation. Be patient and trust that your attorney is doing everything he/she can to obtain the best results. Maintaining timely communication will help your case move along while meeting important court deadlines.
5. Compromise & Children- If you have children, understand that for their sake, you might have to compromise. Children are affected by divorce just as much or sometimes more than the parents. Avoid discussing any litigation in front of them, and if possible, try not to clash with your spouse in front of them. If you notice that your child is having a really hard time dealing with your family’s transition, consider counseling or therapy for them.
6. Consider Choices Carefully – There is much at stake when getting a divorce. When making a decision it is crucial to be 100% positive that your choice is truly what you want. If you rush a decision or you are unsure, the outcome can have unfavorable results . Consider your options thoroughly and only concur to agreements if you are sure they are the right choice for you and your children.
Now that you have a better understating of what to expect when planning for divorce, start by setting up a consultation and speak to an attorney about your situation. For a free consultation with an experienced attorney, we welcome you to call us at (210) 225-2900.