Divorce during the month of love

Valentine’s Day is supposed to be all about love, romance and happiness. Unfortunately, it can be the opposite for many people when their marriage no longer works. Too often, a once-loving relationship turns to disappointment, sadness and, in many cases, anger.

While February will always be associated with love, it’s also a month when divorce filings and calls to divorce attorneys increase. If you are contemplating a divorce, the key during this time is focusing on the future, not the past.

Strive to put reason ahead of emotion

While many couples focus on the romance of the season, it’s crucial that you don’t get caught up with wistful emotions that distract you from the practical financial considerations of divorce.

The more assets you and your spouse own, the more crucial it becomes to work with an experienced lawyer who understands how complex assets are divided under Texas’s community property laws. These include:

  • Business interests
  • Financial accounts, such as retirement plans and insurance policies
  • Real estate holdings, including the marital home
  • Cars, RVs, boats and other vehicles
  • Collectibles, such as art and jewelry

Divorce doesn’t have to a combative process

While you may no longer have a close, loving relationship with your spouse, solving these financial issues as well as visitation and conservatorship for your children doesn’t have to be a bitter and contentious experience.

When couples work together through collaborative law, reaching an equitable compromise can set a reasonable and positive tone for your future parenting relationship. While February may not be the month of love for those going through a divorce, it can still be a time of preparation and purpose and a turning point for a fresh start.