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Marshall Davis Brown Jr: What you Should Know Before Filing for a Texas Divorce

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

What you Should Know Before Filing for a Texas Divorce

Though it may be difficult, it's important to tread lightly when it comes to divorce, especially in a state like Texas. It's all too easy to let your emotions get the best of you in the midst of the process, but you'll only regret it in the long run. After you've made the final decision to start the process and have hired your Texas divorce lawyer, like Marshall Davis Brown, remember to take it slow and keep these facts in mind.

Always keep Safety in Mind
Unfortunately, there's always the possibility for family violence during the process of divorce. Whether you've got a spouse who has a previous history of violent behavior, or you think the emotions may be running particular hot and there's a slight chance, always ensure that children are in safe hands and any disagreements are hashed out in front of professionals.

Make an Inventory
It's better to start taking inventory of each spouse's assets, as well as the shared ones, prior to beginning the process. Remember that Texas is a state that acknowledges any property acquired during the marriage by either party as "community property," and therefore, it is divisible. Property acquired by either spouse prior to the marriage, however, is separate, and indivisible, property.

Plan Out your New Budget
Going from living in a double-income household to a single-income household is more difficult than one might expect. Especially when there are kids involved, work out your new budget and ensure that you can continue to live your current lifestyle before you find out too late that you can't afford it.

Be Prepared to be in the Fishbowl
The time period before your divorce is finalized is considered the "fishbowl;" while this may be the most difficult time for you, your actions may also be under scrutiny by your spouse and his or her lawyers, so it's more important than ever to be mindful – and, yes, as respectful as possible – to avoid bringing up further issues in the case.


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