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Inaccurate Texas divorce conventional wisdom

Divorce is very common, so many people believe they know everything they will need to do during their divorce based on what happened with family members and friends. The problem is that much of this conventional wisdom about divorce is incorrect. The biggest fact that many people do not know is that an attorney can only represent a single party in the divorce. Couples may believe they could save money by sharing an attorney, but that attorney could only represent one of them. The other party could be at a disadvantage.

Many people also believe that child support is very easy to calculate. The issue with this is the complexity of the child support calculations and the differing factors and calculations based on the state. It can become even more complicated if the judge decides that the standard calculation could create an unjust outcome for one of the parties.

One misconception that can have far-reaching consequences involves property division. If the couple owns any property, such as a home or vehicle, and they still have debt on this property, both parties will remain responsible for this debt regardless of who receives the property. If one spouse transfers his or her ownership interest, he or she will have to include an indemnification clause in the settlement agreement and state within the agreement that the other spouse is responsible for the debt so that he or she may be reimbursed if the other spouse fails to pay it.

When dealing with any divorce matters, an attorney may be able to provide a lot of assistance with completing the paperwork and helping the process move smoothly. The attorney can also represent one of the parties throughout the process, assisting with negotiations for property division, child custody and child support. The attorney could also answer any divorce-related questions to ensure that the client understands the process. Any individual who appears in court without an attorney may lose more in the divorce because of this lack of representation.

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