“Just be glad you don’t have children.” Statements like that often come from well-meaning friends or family members trying to console others who choose to end their marriage.
While divorces not involving co-parenting issues may be less complicated for some Texas spouses, the experience is just as painful and one that requires diligence in protecting your future.
Divorcing later? Plan now!
The first days of fall have arrived, and the holidays are right around the corner, so you may have already decided to wait until next year to file for divorce. That may seem like a lot of time but use it wisely. Here are some things to consider:
- Gather financial information for you and your spouse. If you’re not sure what to look for or where to find it, talk to an experienced family law attorney.
- Stay organized by constructing a “divorce folder” digitally or on paper. You may also want to create a new email address for communicating with your lawyer.
- Start a separate bank account, if possible, in case you need to support yourself for a while. Avoid extravagant spending, such as buying a new car to make yourself feel better.
- Try to maintain a civil relationship with your spouse as it could lead to a faster, cooperative, and less expensive divorce later. Don’t air grievances on social media.
- Take care of yourself. Divorce is stressful, and the next few months will be a roller coaster of emotion. Find a good routine and stick to it. Don’t skip meals or change your sleeping habits.
Keep your eye on the goal
Thinking about ending your marriage months from now may seem like an impossible situation. However, many Texas couples headed for divorce before the pandemic put those plans on hold due to the uncertainty of the times.
Whether or not you have kids doesn’t make the decision any easier. The most crucial thing to remember when planning for a divorce is to use your time effectively to ensure the best future possible by achieving an equitable outcome.