Imagine you and your spouse, after many years of happiness, suddenly come upon a rough patch in your marriage. This happens to many couples at some point in their marriage, may they be in San Antonio or somewhere else in Texas (or, really, anywhere in the country). Some couples are able to work it out; others are not, and they begin to consider the ramifications of filing for divorce.

Divorce is not something they envisioned would be in their future when they walked down the aisle all those years ago. So what are they supposed to do? How do they begin to tackle divorce, a process that is seemingly so scary, intimidating and complicated?

Well, the first thing to know is that though divorce isn’t exactly simple, it is far from the “scary, intimidating and complicated” stigmas that are attached to it. You aren’t going through this alone, as you and your experienced family law attorney handle the unique issues that are involved in your divorce. However, here are a few things to expect:

  • A change in your financial situation. Any divorce is going to cost money, so you need to structure your finances appropriately to prepare for your new post-divorce life. Again, your attorney can advise you and connect you with financial analysts to help you in this regard.
  • Know how child support or custody affects you. Usually divorcing parents are able to agree to joint custody, but you will want to know the impact of your custody agreement, including how support payments will work.
  • The types of documentation and information you will need. Divorce is complicated, yes; but if you are organized and prepared, divorce doesn’t have to be as bad as its reputation may indicate.

Source: Huffington Post, “Divorce Confidential: Asking the Right Questions in a Divorce,” Caroline Choi, Dec. 4, 2013