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Mistakes to Avoid at the Outset of your Texas Divorce, Part Two

In part one of this series of blog posts from the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC, I discussed some tips to help avoid making common mistakes at the beginning of your divorce case. I would certainly advise you all to go back and read as I think the tips are straightforward and helpful for any person going through a divorce.

Today's post will follow that line of thinking and discuss more in-depth mistakes litigants often make within their divorce pleadings, as well as interpersonal advice for working with your spouse even when that does not necessarily come easy.

Unless you need to, do not file a Temporary Restraining Order.

There are circumstances where a Temporary Restraining Order is necessary for your protection and for that of your children. I will not debate you there. However, I have seen divorce cases that could have been resolved in short order- ones where the parties are in basic agreement on almost all of the issues of their case- and the filing of a TRO sunk any hopes of a quick resolution.

The reason for that is simple- people get up in arms when they are told that there is a court date pending and, by the way, in the meantime, there is a list of about thirty items that the judge is barring you from doing. As if being sued for divorce were not bad enough, your life is already curtailed to some extent by a person you've never even met before. The reason isn't always apparent as to why the hearing has been called, and until your spouse hires an attorney, they will likely be worried, afraid, and upset about why they need to be in court in less than two weeks.

If your spouse is harassing you, your children or taking money out of bank accounts to do stupid things, then it is appropriate to ask a court to tell them to stop and then to inform them that a court date is upcoming wherein they will have to explain their actions to a judge. If bills need to be paid and the impression is that your spouse will stop doing so, go ahead and request that the court get that requirement in writing, so the lights don't turn off or the mortgage doesn't fall behind.

If you and your spouse can work together to see that your lives remain as "normal" as possible during the divorce, then there's probably no need to set your case for a temporary order hearing and risk the creation of conflict where there ought not to be to be any. Some conflict is inherent in a divorce, but there is no need to fan the flames.

Do not let your attorney file your divorce papers without reviewing them first.

Even if you don't know anything about the law, ask your attorney to walk you through the Original Petition for Divorce and any other paperwork that will be filed to initiate your divorce. Some counties require that standing orders go into place or that temporary charges be included in your Petition. That's unavoidable, but filing an unnecessary temporary restraining order or pleading for spousal support when that is not what you want to do can eliminate miscommunications.

I have received Divorce Petitions that have seemingly accused our client of infidelity, the wasting of community income, and other offenses that could adversely affect the client's case. After telling our clients about that, they will invariably speak to their spouse only to find out that their spouse's attorney did not tell them that the Petition was being filed. Lawyers only know as much as their clients tell them and vice versa. Communicate well with your attorney, review their work and avoid miscommunication with your spouse.

Speak for yourself when the circumstances allow it

I recently had a potential client come into the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC, for a consultation. He came in with a woman I assumed to be a relative or friend. I was a little surprised to learn that it was, in fact, his wife. They came in together to discuss an amicable divorce. I told them that this was possible if they agreed on the issues that would arise in their case. They did an honest evaluation and determined that while they knew they did not want their divorce to be a fight, they had not done the legwork necessary to learn what sort of resolutions they wanted to come to.

I advised them to take their child to a relative's house and sit down together, with the television off, and talk about their finances, home, child, and any other issue that may arise in their case. If they could talk through the problems and arrive at solutions, their divorce case would be relatively painless. Suppose they found that they had differing opinions on particular subjects that wouldn't be the worst thing in the world. Each could hire individual attorneys and use their lawyers to communicate important messages if need be.

The ability to communicate with your spouse during the divorce is an invaluable tool to possess. The risks of miscommunication or simply the failure to communicate promptly can harm negotiations and generally upset the parties involved. Talk with your spouse when and where you are, and use your attorneys to do so only when necessary. This will save you both money and go a long way to help ensure the right message is sent.

Divorce isn't easy, but the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC, is here to help.

For a free-of-charge consultation with a licensed family law attorney, please do not hesitate to contact the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC, today. Our office works with and on behalf of clients across southeast Texas, and we would be honored to do the same for you and your family.

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Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC | Spring, Texas 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, 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.

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