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Divorce mistakes to avoid

The rate of divorce filings tends to spike in the month of January as many individuals want to start anew after getting through stressful holidays surrounded by their in-laws. Individuals in Texas and the rest of rest of the country should avoid making certain mistakes if they want to file for divorce immediately after the beginning of a new year.

Individuals should never file for divorce when they are angry. Making decisions, especially those involving finances, on an emotional basis can escalate a situation by making it overly adversarial, which can result in a more expensive divorce. It is important to have an objective view of the divorce, treat the process as a business deal and focus on making strategic choices.

Despite the temptation, opening a spouse's mail should also be avoided as it is an illegal act. If an individual is seeking information about their spouse's finances, simply noting the name of the financial institution that sent the mail can be enough since a divorce attorney can subpoena any necessary financial documents. Records for accountants are also important sources of financial information and can be subpoenaed as well.

Serving a spouse with divorce papers during the holidays is another act that should be avoided, especially if the couple has children who could associate the holidays with the divorce for the rest of their lives. Instead, individuals should use the holidays to prepare by locating an attorney who does not have an existing association with their families.

An attorney who practices family law may assist a client with a variety of family legal issues. This may include advocating on behalf of a client during a divorce regarding matters of spousal support, child custody and support, property division and post-divorce modifications. A family law attorney can also draft prenuptial agreements and assist with adoptions.

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