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Steps to prepare for divorce

Some couples in Texas might be thinking about divorce in the new year. After all, the beginning of the year is a popular time for spouses to split. That being said, there are several things people should do to prepare for divorce.

For starters, separating couples should get their financial records in order. This could include the most recent tax return, pay stubs, credit card bills and bank statements. Spouses might also want to run a credit report. Staying off social media or at least being careful about what is posted may also be a good idea. It is best to avoid anything personal because information about children, money and other issues could be used against a spouse.

People may also want to take time to learn about divorce in Texas and what to expect. It is important to use reliable sources, such as the state bar association site. Spouses can also think about what questions they would like to ask an attorney during a consultation and whether divorce mediation might be an option. At the same time, people might also want to think about the future and their goals for life after divorce. The divorce may not be what the person planned, but positive things can still be ahead. Finally, soon-to-be exes should consider options for self-care and support such as seeing a therapist, exercise and turning to friends and family.

Since Texas is a community property state, when it comes to property division, the assets that a couple acquired after marriage will be considered shared assets that must be divided. There may be some exceptions such as inheritances that have been kept separate from marital finances. If there is a retirement account, however, both spouses can claim a portion even if only one contributed to it. This could be true of other assets in a complex divorce as well.

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