Very few people get divorced as soon as the thought enters their head. Instead, they slowly come to realize that their marriage isn’t salvageable. They might mull over whether to get a divorce for months or possibly even years.
Helpfully, a League City divorce lawyer can answer questions and address any concerns you have. But when is the right time to meet with a divorce lawyer? And is it ever too early to meet with someone?
Meeting with an Attorney Does Not Commit You to Divorce
The good news is that you can meet with a League City divorce lawyer just to ask questions. By scheduling a consultation, you are not agreeing to go through with the divorce. You are in total control of whether to actually file for divorce and when. Believe it or not, we meet with people who ultimately decide to stay married. That’s terrific. What’s important is that you make an informed choice about whether to end or continue your marriage.
Our consultations are completely confidential. No one will need to know you met with us because you had questions, so there is no reason not to schedule a time to talk.
Understand Your Rights
There is a ton of incorrect information about divorce on the internet. For example, Texas is a community property state, but many legal websites don’t know what that means. Trying to plan a divorce while relying solely on the internet is a mistake.
Before you can make an informed choice about filing for divorce, you probably want to know what to expect. For example, many people have question regarding:
- Who will get custody of the children? Who will the children live with during the school year?
- Who will get the family home in the divorce?
- Who is responsible for debts like student loans and credit card debt?
- What are the odds of getting alimony and for how long?
Once you have some idea of how a judge will view your case, you can decide whether now is the time to divorce or whether it’s best to stay married.
Let’s say you decide to divorce. Meeting with a lawyer early is a big help because we can provide tips. For example, you might want to close any joint credit card accounts or open a savings account in your own name. Alternatively, you could stop throwing disposable income at your spouse’s student loans and spend the money on paying your mortgage down faster.
If you have a drug or alcohol addiction, you should begin addressing it immediately. Participating in a 12-step program could set you up well in the judge’s eye if you do divorce and start a custody fight.
Divorce takes planning. Meeting with an attorney can give you ideas about what steps to take now, before you file divorce papers.
Contact Tad Nelson & Associates
Our firm has handled hundreds of divorce cases, and we can provide an overview of the process. Call us today to schedule a confidential meeting.