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Prepare for divorce when you know your marriage is over

Ending a marriage is something that takes work. You can't just decide that the marriage is over, walk away and forget that it ever existed. Instead, you have to file for divorce and work through the process.

The process of divorcing is rarely easy. You will have to make some difficult decisions, but being prepared for those decisions could help you more than you realize.

Child custody matters

If you have children, you will have to work out a child custody plan with your ex. This isn't always easy to do, but the sooner you can get this figured out, the sooner your child can learn how to live with what will be the normal way of life now.

You might be able to work things out through mediation, which means you and your ex work with a mediator to come to an agreement on important matters. Just remember that if you opt to do this, you will have to be willing and able to negotiate. You need to think of everything from who will make decisions for the child to when the child will spend time with each parent.

Another thing that you will need to think about is child support. The child support order must be in line with Texas laws, so make sure you learn how these will impact your case.

Property division decisions

Everything that you and your ex have amassed during the marriage will need to be divided now. This includes assets like the marital home and vehicle, but it goes far beyond that. You need to think about retirement accounts and investments. Essentially, everything of value will need to be addressed during the property division process.

You also have to divide up the debts that you accumulated during the marriage. This is often easier said than one. You have to think about how this might impact you now and in the future. Remember, creditors don't have to abide by the terms of your property division settlement since they aren't a party in the matter. This means that you might find yourself suffering from a credit report hit if your ex doesn't pay like he or she should.

Other matters

Your divorce might include alimony payments. If this is the case, make sure that you review how the laws apply to your case. You also need to think about how you are going to handle your estate after the divorce because you will likely need to come up with a whole new plan.

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