Divorce Planning & Prep

Getting a divorce? Understanding how to plan and prep is vital. There are several items you should 

1. Ready for Divorce 

The first action item is to determine if you are truly ready for divorce. Have you and your spouse attempted to reconcile, or attended counseling? Filing for divorce should not be used as a method to “shock” your spouse into behaving a certain way. Divorce is for spouses who are ready to be done with their relationship, divide up their assets, and determine child custody issues if necessary. 

2. Inventory of Property, Assets & Financials 

It will be helpful for you to perform an inventory of you and your spouse’s property, assets, and financials. You should put together a summary of your and your spouse’s assets, debts, and liabilities. This summary might include bank accounts, life insurance policies, retirement accounts, credit cards, vehicles, vehicle loans, your house, your mortgage, student loans, or real property. If you own any real property, you should make a list of each of the property addresses. 

3. Gather Important Documents 

You should gather and organize all documents and records you may need throughout your case. These items could include financial records, real property documents, identification documents, health insurance cards, and any wills or estate planning documents. 

4. Research 

You should take the time to research family law firms, attorneys, and the divorce process as a whole. The more you understand your undertaking, the easier it will become. 

5. Set Goals 

It will be helpful for your attorney to know and understand your goals. For instance, do you want sole custody? Do you have a preference on how to split debts and liabilities? Do you want to keep the house? Will you need child support? Answering these types of questions before your consultation will help you make the most of your time with the attorney. 

6. Choose Your Attorney

It is important to choose your attorney wisely. You will be spending a lot of time with your attorney, so it is important that you can work with him or her. You should share your goals during consultations, and see if the attorney is right for you. 

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Erinakes Law is a dependable Texas family law firm dedicated to helping you resolve your legal matter. I will work closely with you to hone in on your goals and come up with a strategy to find the best outcome for you, your finances, and your children. I have experience in negotiation, mediation, and litigation to resolve your case and protect your rights at every step along the way. These skills will be important to get the result you want, especially when dealing with challenging co-parenting scenarios.

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