Ensure the Divorce Process Is as Smooth as Possible
Considerations to Make When Preparing for Divorce
Preparing for a divorce involves both emotional and practical considerations. For example, do not be afraid to ask friends and family for their emotional support. Take care of your physical health. Make sure any decisions about your children are in their best interest. On a practical level, you should attend to a number of matters at the beginning of a divorce proceeding. Under Texas divorce law, you may be required to prepare a Sworn Inventory and Appraisement, which is used to decide how to divide any community property. You will also want to start researching lawyers for the best divorce representation.
Make a Record of Assets and Liability
When preparing to file for divorce, it’s important to compile a record of your financial history. Be as thorough as possible, and include the following:
- Personal bank accounts
- Joint bank accounts
- Real estate
- Inheritances (before and after your marriage)
- Debts owed by you and your spouse (both separately and jointly)
- Tax returns
- Insurance policies
- Retirement funds
- Pension plans
In addition, gather records of your employment history and include tax returns. Both parties in the divorce will be expected to present an inventory of assets and liabilities to be divided in the settlement.
Finding the Right Lawyer for Divorce
There are many lawyers in the area, so how do you determine which one is best for you? Well, it depends on your situation. Many people think of lawyers as ruthless and aggressive, based on depictions on TV and in the movies, but an overly confrontational attorney may not be your best option in a divorce. Most divorce proceedings are settled by mutual agreement via mediation, so you need an attorney with excellent communication and people skills.
Before you sign a contract with a law firm, make an appointment for an interview. This is your chance to ascertain the following:
- Is the attorney a good listener?
- Does the attorney explain issues in a manner you can understand?
- Is the lawyer a skilled negotiator?
- Is he or she an experienced litigator?
- Does the attorney have experience with child custody cases?
- Do you feel comfortable with this lawyer?
If the answer to these questions is a resounding “Yes,” you’ve probably found your representation.