4 of the Most Common Problems in a Texas DivorceTexas Legal News
Just as every couple is unique, no two separations or divorces are exactly the same. Some divorces may happen after a year of marriage. Others may take place after decades. Despite the differences, many couples make similar, common mistakes when deciding to separate from their partner. No matter what stage of the divorce process you’re in, a Houston divorce law attorney can help you avoid some of the most common divorce mistakes.
Common Divorce Errors
Settlements That Don’t Incorporate Future Events
One of the main goals in a divorce settlement is to split marital assets fairly which requires an evaluation of assets and comprehending each spouse’s present circumstances. However, in many divorces, spouses make the mistake of thinking too much about the present and fail to anticipate what may happen in the future.
Things that currently seem fair may put you in a difficult circumstance in the future, especially when in the event of a job loss, changes in your or your children’s health, disability, or depreciation of your assets. When negotiating a settlement, it is important to always take into account things that may happen in the future.
Lifestyle changes are an inevitable facet of all divorces. Even if you were able to negotiate keeping the home and child custody and securing child support and even spousal support, you need to be prepared to make financial trade-offs in your life after a divorce.
For many recently divorced people, this often means cutting back on your monthly spending, canceling vacations, or putting your own plans on hold to do what needs to be done for the long-term benefit of yourself and your family.
Neglecting the Small Details
Where divorces are concerned, the devil truly is in the details. This old adage is even truer if the divorce is complex or multifaceted. Many potential divorcees are caught off guard by how tiring divorce proceedings can be, and how it frequently involves revealing details about their life they would probably prefer to keep private.
During the divorce proceedings, you and your attorney will need to collect a plethora of data to support your claims during the negotiations. While this helps you during the divorce case, a similar level of record keeping may also be needed after the divorce. For example, if you and your spouse determine to share the costs of raising your children, you may be required to keep a record and share records of:
- Doctor’s visits
- Tuition expenses
- Miscellaneous living expenses
- Transportation expenses
Failure to keep track of this information can be a costly mistake. You should always make sure to consider your options before, during, and after the divorce and consult with your divorce attorney about anything that’s unclear.
Uninsured marriages are marriages that don’t have a prenuptial agreement. Though prenup agreements commonly have a negative stigma attached to them, they are realistic and can save a lot of time should the couple want to end the marriage. A well-written prenup can serve as a protection plan for your assets and interests should the worst occur.
Houston Divorce Attorney
If you or a loved one are contemplating or fighting through a divorce, the Texas divorce attorneys at DeHoyos & Connolly can help. Contact our office today to discuss your legal and financial options. Call us at (832) 767-1207 to find out how we can defend you through your divorce.