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Preparing for a divorce

Many people in the Houston area will be filing for a divorce this year. Many more will be thinking that they would like to seek out a divorce, but don't know if they're ready. There are a few things that can help a person feel more prepared to seek out a divorce.

A divorce usually centers on property and asset division. When a couple goes through the divorce process, their finances will be closely analyzed. A person who is thinking about obtaining a divorce should organize his or her financial paperwork early on in the process so that they can be prepared and avoid the time and expense necessary to obtain them later. Second, a person seeking a divorce should open a bank account in his or her own name and make sure that his or her credit rating is good. It is important to have a good credit rating so that a person's financial future is positive. When these private bank accounts are established, make sure they are properly funded. Divorce can be expensive and many different professionals may be needed, including attorneys, financial planners and psychologists. If you are going through a high asset divorce or have a complicated financial situation, these professionals can cost tens of thousands of dollars. Finally, before filing for a divorce, a person should make sure that he or she has a divorce team in place. The team may consist of a family law attorney, financial planner, therapist and other professionals, depending on your needs.

Divorce is a common occurrence in Houston, but each divorce is unique. Divorce legal issues can be complicated and a good divorce team can help a person navigate the divorce path and make sure that his or her needs are being met.

Source: Forbes, "(Soon-to-be) divorcing women: What are you waiting for? Here's how to prepare to file", Jeff Landers, June 26, 2014

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