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Divorce Won’t Necessarily Set You Free

One of the Big Divorce Myths—Divorce Will Set You Free

When you are stuck in an unhappy marriage, you can mistakenly believe that a divorce equates with freedom…that you’ll be able to do many of the things that you couldn’t, that you won’t have to structure your life around someone else for a change. If you have no children, that might be true. But you could still be hit with alimony payments or find yourself unable to sustain the lifestyle to which you’ve become accustomed.

The Many Losses of Freedom that Come with Divorce

Some of the losses are pretty straightforward. If you have minor children, you will quickly lose most of your control over what you do with your time. If you are the custodial parent, you’ll find that you have to spend a lot more time parenting. You won’t be able to let your spouse take over every other night or on the weekend if you have other plans. Accordingly, you’ll discover that taking care of your children takes priority over your social life. You may have been involved in a lot of activities, with an arrangement with your ex-spouse that allowed you to be gone some evenings. Now you’ll either have to get a sitter, or arrange to do things only on those nights that your child is with your ex.

If you are the non-custodial parent, you’ll need to get used to having your children with you every other weekend, alternating holidays and maybe a night a week. When events you want to participate in fall on your weekend, or a night when you have your children, you’ll be faced with a choice.

Divorce can result in the loss of financial freedom as well, for both parties. If you were the primary provider and a good saver and investor, with a well-organized system for managing family finances, you’ll have to give up a lot of that. You may be ordered to pay child support and/or spousal support, but you won’t have any control over how the money gets spent. In addition, your support obligations may make it difficult to build an investment portfolio, buy the things you used to, or make decisions about what your children wear and how their needs are met.

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At the office of Linda Stewart Law, PLLC, in Baytown, we bring more than 8 years of experience to clients in south Texas. To learn how we can help, call our office at 281-420-8020 or contact us online. We offer an initial consultation at a reduced fee of $50. We accept credit cards and will set up a payment plan, if appropriate. Our offices are open Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., and until noon on Fridays. Evening and weekend appointments can be arranged upon request.

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