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Divorce isn't going to be an immediate solution for anyone

The length of time that it takes a divorce to be finalized depends on a host of factors. Understanding these points can help you gauge how long your divorce will take to work through. Here are some of the things that might affect this time frame.

First, no divorce in Texas can be finalized within the first 60 days following the filing. This is because the state does have a mandatory waiting period of 60 days. There isn't a way to get around this, so you should be prepared to wait at least this long to get the matter resolved.

Helping your children cope with the changes divorce brings

The end of a marriage is hard on the adults who have grown accustomed to having each other's support. It is also very hard on the children who have to learn to live with their parents in two different homes. As a parent, helping your children cope with the situation is something that you have to find a way to do and it needs to be the priority.

We understand that you might find it difficult to help your children when you are still having trouble coping yourself. There are several things that you can do that might help. We can educate you about what to expect so that you can plan successfully for what's to come.

Make decisions that can help you cope after divorce

Dealing with a divorce is a big deal for all adults. For those who have children counting on them, the difficulties might be more pronounced. There are several things that you have to remember if you are trying to raise your children while dealing with the changes that divorce brings.

Even though you might want to coddle your children after the divorce, you shouldn't do this. Instead, you need to take the role of the stable parent in these cases. Your children do need to have the consistency that comes with a stable parent.

Family law includes more than only contentious divorce matters

Family matters vary greatly from one case to another. The thing that they all have in common is that they are very emotional matters. We understand that your family is very important to you, so we will help you find solutions to your family law matters.

When most people hear about family law, they automatically think about divorce. This is a natural association that is easy to understand. While divorce does make up a big part of family law cases, it is far from the only situation that we deal with in this part of a practice.

Think carefully before you try to handle a divorce by yourself

It might be tempting to try to get your divorce handled on your own. Before you make that move, make sure that you think about what this means. The divorce laws in Texas are rather complex, just as they are in many other states. You should carefully consider the pros and cons of a do-it-yourself divorce because you might find that this option truly isn't worth the risk and effort.

Many people think that you will save time and money if you take care of the divorce on your own. It is easy to see why people would think that cutting out the middle man, the lawyer, would do this. The fact here is that not having someone familiar with the laws can actually make the process more difficult.

Flexible child custody agreements can impact your ability to plan

As we discussed recently, you need to take the time to review your holiday child custody plans now. Not all parents who have a child custody agreement will find the schedule for the holidays in that order. Some parents have a more flexible agreement that enables them to take the events of the holiday season into account when deciding when the children will spend time with each parent.

We understand that you are probably ready to know when you are going to have your children with you. Since there is less than a month to Thanksgiving and less than two until Christmas, now is a good time to try to get some agreement made with your ex.

Know exactly what divorce will do in your life

Deciding that your marriage is over brings up a lot of emotions for most people. When you make the decision to divorce, you need to understand exactly what it is going to do. This might have an impact on whether you choose to divorce or to separate.

A divorce legally ends your marriage permanently. With this comes a host of impacts that you need to be prepared for. During the divorce process, you will likely have to work with your ex to get certain points decided.

What do I need to know about holiday child custody?

The Christmas holidays are difficult for parents who are divorced and the children who are impacted by it. This is especially true if this is the first Christmas since the divorce because it might be a season of trial and error.

Even though it seems like the holidays are still far off, they really aren't. There is just a little over two months until Christmas Day. This doesn't leave much time to hash out the issues between you and your ex regarding when the children will be where.

Understand the current division of retirement accounts in divorce

You've worked hard to get yourself prepared for retirement. Now, you find out that your marriage is ending. You might have some concerns about what is going to happen to your retirement nest egg. This isn't always something pleasant to think about, but you should do just this sooner rather than later.

When baby boomers were asked about retirement and divorce, 23 percent of respondents noted that they will have to work longer because of the divorce. Around 24 percent said that they would be worse off because of the divorce.

Get the prenuptial agreement handled early in the engagement

As we recently discussed, there are many things for you to consider when you are creating a prenuptial agreement. You and your future spouse have to be sure that the terms of the agreement are fair for both parties. This is something that is better done now rather than later because if it isn't fair, it might be tossed out if you ever have to use it.

We understand that this is something that isn't pleasant to think about while you are planning your wedding. Because the agreement can't be signed under duress, it might behoove you to get this taken care of soon after the engagement so that you don't have to worry about it again.

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