When spouses begin the divorce process, they are under the stress of a relationship that no longer works but often they are afraid about what the future will hold when they become single. They know they have important decisions to make but may not know how the court system works. They usually have a lot of questions.
Major Questions that Cause Fear during the Divorce Process
Divorcing couples are faced with a lot of uncertainty. Some of the major questions they typically have include:
- How are we going to set up a second household?
- Which one of us is moving out of the family home?
- How do we divide up our assets? Not just the important assets like the house, bank accounts, retirement accounts and cars; but also, the dishes, furniture, linens, and tools.
- Where will the children live?
- When will each parent get to spend time with the children?
- How will the childcare responsibilities be divided?
- Can we do this on an amicable basis, or will there be contention?
Clients come to us concerned about almost every aspect of the divorce process. How will their spouse react? What does the law say? What are his/her rights? Will the case go to trial or can they make an agreement with their spouse to settle the case? Are they bound by the Family Code or can they make their own decisions?
When people have so much fear, it leads them to make unwise decisions they might not otherwise make. Divorcing spouses come into the divorce process because they are having problems with their relationship. Many folks believe their spouse is not going to be honest. Then, fear adds to a greater distrust of their spouse.
Fear can also lead to much anger toward their spouse. A spouse may attempt to hide assets from the other spouse. Negative feelings and fear of dishonest actions can change the course of the divorce process for the worse.
How Our Attorneys at the Whittemore Law Firm Help Ease the Fear
Having a competent, experienced attorney to guide a person through the divorce process will greatly decrease a person’s fear and anxiety. When a client comes into our office, we answer any questions they have and explain the court system. We make them aware of the options available through negotiation and mediation. We discuss which decisions need to be made immediately and which ones can be made later. We take it one step at a time.
We explain to them the discovery process to allay their fears about having to make decisions without having enough information. We discuss the Texas Family Code, including presumptions in the law that apply to children’s issues and property division. We also explain what decisions they can make together with their spouse if the parents are willing to work with each other.
Whittemore Law Firm is dedicated to helping clients navigate difficult family law issues. Whittemore Law Firm serves clients in The Woodlands, Conroe, Montgomery County, Houston, Harris County, and throughout the surrounding area. If you need help, Whittemore Law Firm can help you protect your rights and the rights of your children. For a free 20-minute consultation, contact the Whittemore Law Firm at 832-215-3706