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Surviving your Texas divorce, part 1: Initial tips

All is fair in love and war. Unfortunately, this is also the case during a divorce. While some Texas divorces end amicably -- with spouses happily going their separate ways -- this is often just a fantasy.

Easy answers are few and far between when children and property are at stake. Emotions can leave you in a weak position. The end of a relationship is often analogized to the death of a loved one.

You need an attorney who will look out for your best interests and educate you about your options, so you can make the best decision.

Here are some quick tips for your survival through a process that may be one of the most difficult times of your life.

  • Don't run. Unless you are involved in a violent relationship or fear that it may become violent, running away from the problems that are plaguing your marriage can cause you to leave behind all that you've spent your life amassing -- children, your house, retirement benefits and other assets.
  • Don't walk. Shutting the door too quickly on your past can leave you with nothing for your future. Although you may want the divorce process to end as quickly as possible, you risk leaving money on the table: money that can provide for your children's future as well as your own. You owe it to yourself to get all that you are entitled to during your divorce.
  • Don't fight. Let an experienced divorce attorney do the fighting for you. The emotional aspects of your divorce can be overwhelming, causing you to make poor choices. Concentrate on getting on with your new life.

As you consider and begin the divorce process, enjoy time with your friends and family, play with your kids and take care of yourself. One of our skilled family law attorneys at Harris Cook will handle the difficult aspects of divorce, aggressively pursuing your rights at the negotiation table and in court. This allows you get back to planning what is for dinner and scheduling your busy week.

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