For many people, filing for a divorce is not easy. They weigh their options and consider many factors. The big question they ask themselves is, “Should I stay or should I go?” If you are asking yourself this, there are two main topics that will need to be determined should you file for divorce: 1) The children; and 2) The money.
What About the Children?
Many spouses argue about parenting issues and cannot seem to agree on how to raise the children. During a divorce, the court will require you to develop a parenting plan regarding the children, which you can agree on, or let the judge determine the plan. You have to decide on things like:
- Who will be the children’s primary caretaker?
- Where will the children will go to school?
- When will the children spend time with each parent?
- How will you handle their expenses?
If you cannot agree on these issues during the divorce process, a court will create orders that will direct on how these issues will be resolved.
Under the United States Constitution, all parents have a right to be with their children and children have a right to be with each of their parents. The Texas Family Code gives guidelines concerning the amount of time each parent will spend with their children. Thinking about issues concerning the children in advance can help you better prepare for family changes that will occur once you file for divorce.
What About the Money?
A major topic of argument in many marriages is money and debt. Couples may argue about not making enough money, spending their money, or spending too much money. In a divorce proceeding, assets and debts are divided up. Before you file for divorce, find out everything you can about your and your spouse’s finances.
Learn about your accounts and how you are spending your money. Gather information about all the marital assets, including bank accounts, investment accounts, and retirement accounts; such as 401(k) and IRAs.
Ask yourself: What are the debts and other expenses? What does it cost to maintain the home? Is there a mortgage or do you pay rent? If you get a divorce, will you be able to stay in the home or will you have to relocate? Considering the financial factors in advance can better help you prepare should you decide to file for divorce.
At Whittemore Law Firm, we consult with you to discuss your circumstances and guide you through the divorce process based on your individualized situation.
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.