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Top 3 tips for dividing property during your divorce

Many aspects of divorce are stressful, but property division often stands out as one of the most painstaking processes. Preparation goes a long way when it comes to divvying up your assets and debts while ending your marriage. Dividing property can quickly become a hostile process, but it does not have to be that way.

You can split your assets and liabilities more smoothly if you plan ahead. Here are a few simple property division tips you should keep in mind as you move forward with your divorce. 

Divorce affects adult children, too

The effects of divorce on children are often a leading worry for couples when babies to teens are involved. When you divorce at an older age, though, this may become less of a concern for you.

However, divorce affects children who are out of the house as well. They may not face the challenges every day and may be better equipped to handle them, but do not underestimate the impact your marital split can have on the emotional well-being of your grown-up children.

3 things you should know about serving divorce papers

It is unfortunately true that both partners in a divorce do not always agree to the separation. When this is the case, it can be contentious to proceed and move on to the next chapter of your life. To do so, you must make the divorce legal and official, but a resistant spouse may not comply with your efforts. Serving your ex with divorce papers is often the next step if he or she refuses to receive and sign them of their own accord. 

When your spouse is legally resistant to divorce proceedings, serving papers may not be the only struggle you encounter. Rather than face these obstacles alone, enlisting help from a legal professional can help you navigate your divorce in a way that minimizes conflict. 

How to prepare your finances for divorce

As you get ready to file for divorce from your spouse in Bellaire, do not forget to take some time to prepare yourself financially. You may have been married to your spouse for several years. During that time, you have mixed your income and finances. Now that you are leaving, you must do what is necessary to improve your own financial situation. 

A divorce decree does not eliminate any financial responsibilities you have with your partner. Once it is finalized by law, your creditors can still come after you for any joint debts and responsibilities that you and your spouse owe. Take a few moments to consider the following actions to prepare yourself for life as a divorcee. 

When your co-parent may have substance abuse issues

Substance abuse is a prevalent problem in the United States and takes its toll in many ways. For example, the abuse of prescription opioids in 2013 may have led to a financial toll of $26 billion just in health care and $78.5 billion overall.

Of course, when someone such as your co-parent could have a substance abuse problem, you are unlikely to be thinking about these big-picture issues. Instead, you worry about the safety of your children and how they would react if their other parent were to get arrested, overdose or worse. Navigating this path can be difficult but is necessary for the sake of your children.

How do we know if an uncontested divorce is right for us?

After years of trying to save your marriage, you and your spouse have realized your options are exhausted and the best thing both of you can do is part ways. This is a stressful and heartbreaking time in your life, and the last thing you want to do right now is add to the strain. You may have heard about other divorce methods besides a traditional court divorce. Will an uncontested divorce work for you like it has for countless other divorcing couples in Texas?

You must first ask yourself the following questions: Can my spouse and I treat each other civilly during the negotiation proceedings of an amicable divorce? Will we be able to sit in a room with each other and figure out how to co-parent and divide our property without fighting? If you believe the answer is "yes" to each of these questions, you might consider the following advantages to an uncontested divorce:

  •        Litigated divorces become public record, but mediation and other forms of uncontested divorce remain private.
  •        Avoiding the courtroom can save you a significant amount of money.
  •        Negotiating the terms of your divorce with your spouse can teach you both valuable cooperation and communication skills, which you may use later during co-parenting.
  •        Uncontested divorces tend to take less time than a courtroom battle.
  •        An amicable divorce is likely to make the process easier on your children and less stressful for yourself.

Are child support and alimony taxable?

The only thing worse than your ex taking all your money is the government taking it, too. Divorce has several tax implications that will affect how you file. Knowing these changes ahead of time can prevent mistakes and last-minute stress.

One of the questions you may have is the effects of child support and alimony (or spousal support) on taxes. Regulations from the IRS on these matters are as follows.

How to tell if your husband is planning a divorce

You know your marriage is on the rocks, but perhaps you are not ready to give up yet. How do you know if you should still keep fighting or if you should start calling a lawyer for advice? That depends on how your husband feels.

Whether or not your marriage still has a chance will determine your next move. Here are a few signs that your husband is planning on divorce, and so should you.

3 rules for social media use during a divorce

Social media provides opportunities for connection, interaction and entertainment. When life pushes you under the bus, it can offer a way to vent about your troubles to loved ones and find other people going through similar experiences so you can gain a support network.

Divorce may be the time when you need those benefits most. However, you need to be smart in your use of social media or you can make a mess of things during the divorce process. Your spouse can twist anything you share into negative evidence against you, or you can incriminate yourself. Follow these three rules to avoid letting your social media usage harm your case.

Understanding community and separate property in Texas

Property division in a Texas divorce often involves the question of whether certain assets are community or separate property. A basic outline of these concepts can help you gain some insight into the division process and your expectations from it.

Many cases feature specific circumstances that can complicate the ways in which courts may apply seemingly straightforward principles. Sometimes, the services of experts such as forensic accountants become necessary to ascertain relevant facts.

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