What Can You Do To Prepare For A Divorce?

Divorce Planning

At one point — possibly not so long ago — you and your spouse got along well. Once divorce papers are filed, however, it can be an entirely different scenario. Words may fly. Arguments may escalate. Both parties may say or do things that the other never would have imagined was possible, from depleting joint bank accounts to alleging child abuse.

At Bruce C. Zivley, Attorney at Law, I help clients prepare for the divorce process, making it as smooth as possible from beginning to end while asserting their rights as necessary.

Contact my Houston family law firm for a free phone consultation. I can help you understand what to expect, take steps to prevent conflict and begin protecting your interests now. I have more than 30 years of family law experience, and I am board certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Pre-Divorce Checklist

Whether you are only considering filing for divorce or actually commencing the divorce process, there are certain actions you can take to protect yourself, your children and your property rights:

  • Get temporary orders from the court for child custody and visitation
  • Get temporary orders from the court regarding use of joint bank accounts and accumulation of debt
  • Get temporary orders from the court regarding the maintenance of the home and continuance of mortgage payments (and payment of other bills)
  • Collect proper documentation of all community and non-community property
  • Collect other essential information

Collecting proper documentation now can facilitate more efficient — and likely fairer — determinations during the division of property and debts. Obtaining temporary orders right away also serves to preserve the marital estate until the court has a chance to review your case and your divorce is resolved.

No one likes the prospect of terminating their relationship. If your partnership is struggling and the word "divorce" is starting to move from the back of your mind to the front, however, it is time to start thinking about your interests.

Divorce Planning Attorney Serving Houston And The Surrounding Areas

By taking smart steps ahead of time, you may be able to lessen the difficulty of your divorce. Turn to Bruce C. Zivley, Attorney at Law, for help that is backed by decades of experience. To schedule a free initial consultation, call 281-506-0047 or toll free at 888-837-2157, or contact my office online.

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"Bruce handled my divorce. He was efficient and effective, always responsive and accessible. He provided great advice and kept the discussion fact-based and objective when I was occasionally tempted to focus on emotional aspects of the situation.*"

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