Getting a divorce is one of the top five most stressful events that can occur during your life. However, with the guidance of an experienced legal team and a little preparation, achieving a happy and healthy divorce is possible. The attorneys at Balekian Hayes, PLLC have tapped into their many years of experience practicing family law in North Texas to create a guide that will help people prepare for a stress-free divorce.
Step 1: Find a Family Lawyer That Fits
It’s important to choose a divorce lawyer wisely because the decision will ultimately impact your bottom line. There is no such thing as the perfect lawyer, but there is the perfect lawyer for you. The best lawyer is one that is experienced, knowledgeable, and fits well with you. As the client, you can set the tone for your divorce. Your lawyer is there to advise you and respect your position on approaching the negotiations. Just because a lawyer is expensive doesn’t necessarily mean they will honor your wishes.
Step 2: Choose the Date You File for Divorce Wisely
It might sound like a good idea to file as soon as you can, but it’s essential to consider that property division is based on the date of marriage separation in some states. The court will often rely on a formal date of separation to determine property division and the value of assets.
Step 3: Get Organized
To avoid losing important documents to a disgruntled spouse, make copies as soon as you decide to file for divorce. Additionally, create a detailed inventory of household items to limit disputes over assets’ division.
Step 4: Keep Calm and Don’t Rush the Process
There are not many benefits of rushing through the divorce process. Everyone involved needs time to adjust to the changes that come with a divorce. By taking your time, you can make smart and precise decisions that will be sustainable for the future.
Step 5: Don’t Forget to Budget Essential Services to Get You Through This Challenging Time
Most people budget for the cost of their divorce but fail to account for additional services that are vital to maintaining their mental health during this challenging time in their lives. Now is the time to make sure there is extra cash for therapy, massages, fitness classes or whatever you need to help keep you sane.
About Balekian Hayes PLLC:
Led by Kris Balekian Hayes, the family law attorneys of Balekian Hayes PLLC are dedicated to fighting for their clients and their clients’ children. From contested divorces to child possession disputes, to out-of-court mediation and arbitration proceedings, the firm provides the knowledge and expertise needed to help people during what can be one of the most stressful times in their lives. Kris Balekian Hayes is one of 37 lawyers in Texas that are board-certified in both family law and child welfare and she also brings a Master of Business Administration to the equation to assist with high net-worth divorces and business preservation.