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5 things you can do now to make your split go smoothly

Breaking up is never in the plan, but still, it can happen. You and your spouse do not have much in common, and you have found yourselves drifting apart over the years.

You believe separation is in the cards, you just may not know how to proceed. When both spouses agree that divorce is the best solution, they should start getting things together in advance of formal proceedings. Here is a list of five things you can do now to prepare for a smoother dissolution.

5 tips to help long-distance dads stay close to the children

If you have children who reside with the other parent following your divorce, you will have visitation rights. However, visitation is not possible for fathers who live far away from their kids. Your marriage may have ended, but you will be a parent all your life.

Assuring your kids of how much you care can take many forms. Here are 5 tips to help you stay close to your children, even though distance separates you physically.

3 financial professionals you need in a high-asset divorce

Divorce is a complicated process no matter the circumstances, but certain factors make it even more complex. One of these is having many valuable marital assets. Dividing these is not easy and requires extra effort to produce the best outcome for both parties.

As you prepare for a high-asset divorce, you should consider putting together a special team of financial professionals to assist your attorney. These are three you may find helpful to your situation.

3 options for guiding a business through property division

No aspect of divorce is pleasant, but most couples especially dread having to divide their assets.

For example, if you and your spouse own a business together, what will happen to it? Here are three options to think about when your company becomes the focus of property division.

Financial documents you need for a divorce

There are various indications it is time for a couple to divorce. Some common signs include the spouses no longer communicating properly or one partner not respecting the other. 

One spouse may be ready to move on, but divorces often last a long time. It takes a while before the couple can even get to court. You can help expedite the process by ensuring you have all pertinent documents readily available beforehand. Before you submit the divorce paperwork to the court, ensure you have these documents or at least know where you can get them. 

Does a new job require child custody agreement modification?

Let us say you are a divorced parent who has earned a promotion at work, but the new position requires a move to a branch office across the state.

You plan to take your nine-year-old daughter with you, but relocation requires modifying your child custody agreement. How difficult will that be?

What happens when a Texas judge orders mediation

Unless you are filing for uncontested divorce, you can expect to spend some time in court. Unlike some other states, Texas law does not require divorcing couples to try mediation. While some Texas counties have this requirement, Harris County does not. However, the judge in your case can still order you to attend a number of mediation sessions.

If you receive such an order, it can help to understand how the process works and how you can benefit from it. If you are not able to resolve all disputes during mediation, you will continue with the litigation process.

Constructive fraud can affect property division in a divorce

You may not have heard of the term “constructive fraud,” but it may affect you. The effect may be fully on display when it comes to the property division phase of your divorce.

If you allege constructive fraud, your spouse bears the burden of having to prove you wrong.

Tips for minimizing anger in your divorce

Going through a divorce is a complicated and emotional time often fraught with a lot of conflict and anger. However, not all divorces have to be conflictual, and there are ways you can minimize the anger inherent in your divorce proceedings.

Even if you have been married for many years and your spouse is divorcing you against your wishes, there are practices you can put into action to help you move through this difficult time in the most harmonious way possible. One key is to find ways to emotionally detach from the decision-making process in your divorce.

The role of a prenuptial agreement in a Texas divorce

You may have signed a prenuptial agreement back in the days when the possibility of divorce seemed far removed from reality. Now, as you confront the imminence of divorce, you may wonder how the provisions in your prenup will affect important issues such as spousal support and property division.

Potential issues concerning a prenup can include questions of technical validity, fairness and interpretation of various provisions. Having an attorney review your document can help you better understand its effect on your divorce.

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