When people in Texas get divorced, they may naturally wonder how they can make the process as easy as possible for the entire family. Is it truly possible to go through divorce without tearing the family apart? Here are a couple of tips for making a divorce proceeding relatively amicable in the Lone Star State.
First, it may behoove the divorcing spouses to settle child custody before delving into monetary decisions. If the two parents have come to an agreement on when they will see the children, this might make dealing with money issues far easier for both of them. When it comes to custody, they must decide who will have legal custody of the children, meaning who will make critical decisions regarding religion, medical care and education. In addition, they must figure out who will have physical custody, or who will have the children live with him or her.
Second, if possible, the two divorcing spouses may want to settle their divorce outside of court rather than going to trial. The benefit of settling is that it is typically less costly and time consuming than traditional litigation. It is also more amicable and personalized. During an alternative dispute resolution process, such as mediation or informal negotiations, the two parties can have neutral appraisers assess their properties’ values so that they can divide their marital assets in the fairest manner possible.
Of course, not all marital issues can be resolved outside of court. In some cases, proceeding to trial is unavoidable. However, in either scenario, a divorce attorney can help a divorcing spouse to aggressively pursue the best outcome for himself or herself in Texas.