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Financial Advice during a Divorce

I’m sure that you’ve heard the statistic that half of the marriages in the United States today end in divorce. If you pop that statistic into Google you’ll find that there are millions of articles, websites, and talking-heads with something to say on that subject.

You could spend the rest of your life looking through them all and you wouldn’t know much more about marriage or divorce than when you started in all likelihood. Access to information, I think it’s safe to say, is not something that any of us suffer from in 2018. What happens, then, if you have a question about divorce? Where can you get honest advice from someone with experience in that area of life?

The attorneys with the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC would like this blog to offer you an opportunity to learn a little about family law prior to actually engaging in a case.

Whether or not you would choose our office to represent you in your case we like to think that we have a perspective that many others don’t consider our experience handling a variety of family law cases in Texas courts. As a result, if you can learn something from one of our blog posts that helps your family then that justifies our effort in writing these posts in the first place.

Some people stay in a bad marriage for financial reasons. Sound familiar?

If I were to describe a situation to you that involved a woman who was the primary breadwinner for a family who stayed in a bad marriage because she was worried about having to pay spousal support or child support after the divorce, would this hit close to home for you?

What about a situation where one spouse was out of the job market for years because he or she stayed at home to care for children- only now to need to return to work after a divorce? Could this situation describe you?

The aforementioned persons in the prior paragraph could probably describe a fairly high number of persons that are right now putting off a divorce because of the financial concerns of proceeding towards dissolving a marriage. Whether those concerns are justified or not is a different story, but in general money and money fights are perhaps the most common reason why I have seen families in southeast Texas get divorced.

It is important for you to recognize that your life can be better after a divorce than before one- even if there is more risk involved from a financial perspective. An experienced family lawattorney can help you to understand a divorce and how to minimize your financial exposure once one is complete.

Today’s blog topic will center around this subject. Simply put, if your goal is to file for divorce from your spouse and then to actually become divorced then today’s blog will cover some pieces of financial advice that are absolutely critical to that effort.

Make a budget for yourself

A budget should be job number one for you as you begin to transition yourself from a two-person household into a single person household. It can seem that during a divorce that your expenses rise and rise with no end in sight. Hiring an attorney is just the most common and perhaps most costly of those expenses. Now is a great time to sit down and figure out what your monthly budget looks like before you actually file for divorce.

Ask yourself the questions:

  1. What does your typical month look like?
  2. What will rent be for you after the divorce?
  3. Food, utilities, car payments/costs, child-raising costs, etc.
  4. What are the essentials in your life that need to be paid monthly, no matter what?

Are there expenses that you/you and your spouse currently incur that can be reduced or cut out altogether after your divorce? If so this is a no-brainer means to live leaner and meaner as a single adult.

Could your car be sold once the divorce is complete to eliminate a monthly payment and allow you to keep more money to help raise the children or save for retirement? Are you staying the home a realistic goal considering your monthly income and ability to qualify for a refinance of the mortgage? Ask yourself these questions about looking into the budget that you’ve created for yourself.

Focus on the “in-come”, not just the “out-go”

So frequently we focus on defensive measures when it comes to saving money but I would begin to think about it in terms of what is available on the other side of the ledger. What is your income currently?

If you’re not working what do you need to do to start a career and begin life as a single adult? The money you take in can help you to pay off debt, save during your divorce and set you and your children up for success once the divorce has reached its conclusion.

Do you need to tidy up your resume that has a “saved as” date of 2015 on your home computer?

Make sure you’ve reviewed and updated your resume and maybe even pay to have a professional career counselor look at it and make an evaluation. Employers change their attitudes towards what needs to appear on these documents every so often and its possible your most recent version is not current.

Questions on family and finances? Contact the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC

If you are contemplating divorce then we would like you to know that the attorneys with the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC have represented clients across southeast Texas with great success. To schedule a free of charge consultation with one of our licensed family law attorneys please contact our office today. Learning about divorce from attorneys who specialize in this area of the law can be invaluable from a peace of mind perspective.

We thank you all for the opportunity to share this information with you and hope you return to our blog in the future for additional tips and tricks of family law, divorce and child custody cases.


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Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC | Houston, 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 important to speak with one of our Houston, TX Divorce Lawyers right away to protect your rights.

Our divorce lawyers in Houston TX are skilled at listening to your goals during this trying process and developing a strategy to meet those goals. Contact 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 Houston, Texas, Cypress, Klein, Humble, Kingwood, Tomball, The Woodlands, Houston, 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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