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Avoiding common mistakes with a divorce checklist

It is normal for Texas residents who are divorcing to feel overwhelmed by everything that is involved. Many common mistakes can be avoided by writing and using a checklist so people can make sure everything is covered. Avoiding common errors can help the divorce proceed in a smoother fashion and in a manner that is less detrimental to a person's interests.

One of the first things a person should do is to get a P.O. box for their personal mail. While the person's spouse can legally open mail addressed to both, certain items that are personal, such as letters from the divorce attorney, may be better kept private. A corollary is the need to maintain digital privacy. This includes changing all passwords on every account and establishing a new email address. People may also want to limit their use of any social media and refrain from talking about their spouse or their divorce while it is pending.

Before discussing divorce, it's a good idea to secure separate property and needed financial documents. Separate property generally includes the property that a person owned before the marriage. Thinking about how a parenting schedule will work is also important, as is considering what parenting issues will possibly be critical ones. Finally, people need to remember to update their will and to change the beneficiaries on their life insurance and retirement accounts after their divorce is final.

Taking proactive steps when facing the end of a marriage may help significantly to reduce later problems and conflict. People who believe a divorce is imminent may want to gather their financial documents and discuss property division and other applicable legal issues with a family law attorney.

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