Planning for a Divorce?
If you have recently recognized that you wish to end your marriage, it can be a life-changing and stressful decision. Your future is uncertain, though it is important to know how to best protect your rights and interests during the divorce process. There are considerations when you are preparing for a divorce that can help the outcome of your divorce case. To discuss your specific situation, contact a Tarrant County divorce lawyer directly.
Gathering the Right Information
Divorce requires filing a petition with the court that includes detailed information about your family and your wishes. Divorcing spouses must also address several issues, including community property division and possible support payments. In order to make well-informed decisions regarding these matters, you and your attorney need a wealth of information.
Some information you should gather includes:
- Social security cards for you and your children
- Bank account numbers and statements
- Credit card and other debt statements
- Other financial, investment, and retirement account information
- Income statements for you and your spouse
- Titles to real estate and vehicles
- Inventory of your personal belongings
You should also ensure to have online log-in information for all of your accounts. It is important to have access to this information, often before you tell your spouse or meet with an attorney. If you can present all of this to your attorney, they can better advise you on what to expect in your case.
Informing Your Spouse
Some spouses decide to get divorced together, though if you make the decision on your own, you should consider when is the best time to inform your spouse. The most beneficial timing will depend on your circumstances, and an attorney can advise you on this matter. In many cases, telling your spouse about your plans to divorce before you file will have little impact on your case. However, there are situations in which you might want to delay this conversation. For example, if you believe that your spouse might try to hide assets or property from you, or make other fraudulent moves to gain an unfair advantage, you should wait to tell them until you consult with your lawyer.
Find the Right Divorce Lawyer
Having the right attorney can help you immensely in your divorce case. You should meet with a potential attorney and ask them questions to determine whether you are a good fit. A lawyer can advise you of some divorce options, such as:
- Uncontested divorce
- Collaborative divorce
- Divorce mediation
- Contested divorce and litigation
Knowing the potential benefits and drawbacks of each option can help you make decisions regarding how you want to proceed with the divorce.
Speak with a Hurst Divorce Lawyer Today
If you are considering divorce, you should never hesitate to discuss your options and how to best prepare with a Texas divorce attorney. At Hoppes Law Firm, PLLC, we represent clients throughout Tarrant County, including in Hurst, Bedford, North Richland Hills, and Colleyville. Call 817-283-3999 or contact us online to set up your appointment and consultation.