The title to this blog post is probably a dead giveaway that not only is it time for you to look into contacting a family law attorney. I can say that with confidence because the time is right for you to do so when the thought has crossed your mind, and you're done with just going through the motions of your day-to-day life. Despite what some people believe, I have encountered very few people that have come into the Law Office of Bryan Fagan for a divorce consultation that have not considered the far-reaching implications of what it is they are inquiring about.
Divorce is undoubtedly the most stressful, taxing, and emotional period of almost any adult person's life. Notwithstanding the death of a spouse or something along those lines, what you put yourself and your family through in a divorce is usually necessary to come out of the other end a happier and more productive person. That's not to say that the process itself isn't as complicated as you might think. It almost invariably is as tricky as you've been led to believe. However, that doesn't mean it is not something to consider. That does not mean there are no opportunities for you to find representation that can assist you and your family minimize the disruptions and stress associated with divorce.
What all does a divorce entail?
When you feel like you've had it with your spouse and that there is no turning back from moving towards a divorce, it is easy to consider the immediacy of your actions. Filing for divorce means separating physically from your spouse and beginning the process of separating emotionally and financially as well. Unfortunately, it also means the possibility of separating from your children (if you have any) for at least a period. However, if your marriage has become toxic for you and your spouse, a divorce may be a step that needs to be taken sooner rather than later.
Divorce is more than just creating a separate life for you and your spouse. A Final Decree of Divorce is what you aim for from the second your divorce is filed. This is the Order signed by a judge that lays out the ground rules for you and your spouse in terms of your children and your property. No matter how small, every issue is typically covered within this document. Child custody, rights, duties to your child, possession schedules, child support, and a division of your marital estate are the main items that your divorce decree will detail. If you and your spouse came to any prenuptial or postnuptial agreements, then those covenants will need to be referenced and implemented within your Order as well.
Suffice it to say that this is not a "do it yourself" type proposition for most people, yourself included. You can go online and find divorce kits that advertise a quick and easy divorce for $100 or some nominal amount like that. All the forms are provided, they tell you. Just fill in the blanks and file at the courthouse; you're assured.
Well, I can assure you that from my experience in handling divorces for folks across southeast Texas, many of those people come to the Law Office of Bryan Fagan after attempting unsuccessfully to draft, file, and proceed with a divorce on their own without representation. While divorce is not rocket science, it has both art and science components. There are necessary documents to have drafted in specific ways and in certain time frames. If not done correctly and according to the law in Texas, your case can be delayed unnecessarily and possibly even dismissed. This means you will need to start your topic again if a deadline is missed.
There is also the consideration that to achieve positive results for you and your family; negotiation will need to occur between yourself and your spouse and their attorney. If an attorney represents your spouse, it is in your best interest to do the same. Experienced family law attorneys can work with one another, keeping the interests of their clients in mind and at the forefront. However, the benefit of having an attorney by your side is that the raw emotions of this process can be filtered out by having another person engage in the negotiations on your behalf. Increasing your ability to negotiate well while removing the feelings that may hinder your willingness to compromise sounds like a best-case scenario to me.
Other reasons to consider hiring a lawyer for your divorce
We've already touched on an important reason to hire a lawyer- if your spouse has already done so. Lawyers will help manage your case's timeline and ensure that it proceeds efficiently through the court. You and your spouse can get divorced independently, but if your paperwork is not done correctly or negotiations hit a snag, your case will remain unresolved. Weeks become months, and months become years in divorces with relative ease.
If your physical safety or that of your children is in peril, it is also a good idea to consider speaking to and hiring a family law attorney for your divorce. Special steps can be taken to request emergency measures to present the relevant issues to a judge and seek protection for you and your children. An experienced family law attorney will help begin this process quickly and efficiently.
Part Two of the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC's series on hiring an attorney to be posted tomorrow
In the second and final part of this series of blog posts on hiring a family law attorney in your divorce, we will discuss the types of divorces and how representation can be crucial to your success in each.
If you have any questions for the licensed family law attorneys with the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC, please do not hesitate to contact us today. A free-of-charge consultation can be obtained six days a week where your questions can be answered.
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Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC | Spring Divorce Lawyers
The Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC, routinely handles matters that affect children and families. If you have questions regarding divorce, it's essential to speak with one of our Spring, TX Divorce Lawyers right away to protect your rights.
Our divorce lawyers in Spring, TX, are skilled at listening to your goals during this trying process and developing a strategy to meet those goals. Contact the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC by calling (281) 810-9760 or submit your contact information in our online form. The Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC, handles Divorce cases in Spring, Texas, Cypress, Spring, Klein, Humble, Kingwood, Tomball, The Woodlands, the FM 1960 area, or surrounding areas, including Harris County, Montgomery County, Liberty County, Chambers County, Galveston County, Brazoria County, Fort Bend County, and Waller County.