Sometimes, divorce can be simple and straightforward, while other times
the proceedings can drag on for months. How fast it takes depends a lot
on how well you and your spouse can communicate. If you can agree on the
terms of a divorce in advance, it can save you both a lot of time and
money later. However, if you don’t think the process will be that
simple, there are a few things you can do to prepare for the process.
Step 1: Budget and Save
If you don’t have a large income, divorce costs may seem excessive
to you. In Texas, the average divorce will cost around $15,600. The bulk
of this will come from attorney fees, but the court will charge some filing
fees as well. Likewise, children will increase the cost of the divorce,
as you and your spouse might need to go to court to decide child custody and
In addition, you will live on half of the income you may be used to. If
you stay in the marital home, you will have to pay for the cost of the
mortgage on your own. If you move out, you will likely need to afford
rent. Make sure you plan an effective budget to help you survive on your own.
Step 2: Collect Documents
If you plan on asking for
spousal support, you will need to accumulate documentation. Sometimes courts will grant
spousal support in cases where the couple comes to expect a certain standard
of living. Likewise, if you have a low income, or you stayed home to take
care of the kids, you will need documentation to prove your potential
Step 3: Document Your Life with Your Children
Sometimes courts will split physical
child custody between parents, meaning the child will live equal amounts of time with
both parents. However, if you want more time with your child, it will
help to collect documentation regarding your relationship with him or
her. Find pictures or collect video of you spending quality time with
Step 4: Research Attorneys
While people do represent themselves in court, it can be risky to do so
if you have a lot at stake. If you think your spouse will fight you throughout
most of the divorce, you need an excellent legal advocate on your side.
Research the divorce lawyers in your area, check what they charge for
their services, and see if they have any positive reviews from former
clients. You want to be sure you can trust your
family law attorney.
If you want to discuss an upcoming divorce with a skilled
Houston divorce attorney, don’t hesitate to call us. The
Law Office of Kathryn Marteeny has more than 30 years of legal experience to offer you and your family.
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