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Specific steps may help to make divorce process more manageable

Although life may feel effortless at the beginning of a romance, it can quickly become a challenging ordeal if two spouses decide to finally split up due to irreconcilable differences. Tempers can easily run high, particularly if the two spouses cannot see eye to eye on certain divorce matters. A few tips might help them to navigate the divorce process easily in Texas.

First, disclosing assets early on is important. In some divorce cases, spouses are tempted to hide their assets in an effort to keep the other party from enjoying them following the divorce. The problem with this is that if the court later learns that not all property was disclosed during the divorce proceeding, it can toss the deceptively created divorce decree, making it essentially null and void. The spouses will then have to return to court to handle their affairs all over again -- and this can occur even years after they thought that everything had been finalized.

Second, conducting research is an essential part of handling divorce effectively. An attorney can be a helpful starting point for information on divorce-related matters such as spousal support, child support and child custody. The attorney can even provide helpful information about out-of-court settlements versus divorce trials.

An out-of-court settlement is possible if two spouses in Texas are willing to address disputes during an alternative dispute resolution process, such as divorce mediation or informal negotiations. The benefit of these processes is that they are typically not as stressful and costly as traditional divorce litigation. An attorney can provide the guidance necessary to achieve a personally favorable outcome during such a process or at trial depending on the circumstances surrounding the divorce case.

Source: findlaw.com, "The Divorce Process: Do's and Don'ts", Accessed on Nov. 20, 2017

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