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Using a team approach within a Texas divorce

The legal process of ending a marriage requires a great many decisions on the part of both spouses. The outcome of that process will impact the lives of all parties and any shared children for many years to come. For those in Texas who are preparing to divorce, it is important to assemble a team of professionals to guide that process, and to provide the advice and support needed to emerge with a settlement that is conducive to future wellness and financial stability.

The central component of any divorce team is the family law attorney chosen to guide the process of bringing the marriage to a close. It is essential to select an attorney who is willing to explain the steps within the case and give guidance on how to move through the divorce process effectively and efficiently. Avoid signing on to any legal service that feels impersonal and highly streamlined; divorce is a very individualized matter, and no two cases are ever exactly alike.

Another essential team member is a trusted financial advisor, ideally one who specializes in divorce. Having access to an advisor can help spouses make informed decisions about various property division options and can run the numbers for each choice. He or she can also assist with creating a post-divorce budget and investment strategies. Here again, no two set of circumstances are alike, but most spouses can benefit from having a financial advisor weigh in on their divorce.

Finally, a team member that is often left out of the divorce process is a counselor. While many people shy away from working with a mental health professional, it is important to understand that divorce is one of the most stressful experiences that an individual can encounter. Having access to a professional counselor can give Texas spouses tools for stress reduction and can also serve as a neutral ear to act as a sounding board during this brief period of time. A counselor can round out one's divorce team to work toward the best possible resolution.

Source: U.S. News & World Report, "7 Financial Steps to Take When Getting a Divorce", Maryalene Laponsie, Aug. 7, 2015

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