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How to Keep Expenses Down in a Texas Divorce

Divorce is expensive. There’s no doubt about it. If you are thinking about getting a divorce, it is wise to think ahead about how to save money before, during, and after the divorce process. You might think it strange that a divorce attorney would offer suggestions for saving money, since we make our living from the fees our clients pay. However, at Stewart Law, PLLC, we are committed to our clients’ best interests, which includes saving money during the legal process. Here are our suggestions:

  • Resolve as many disagreements informally as possible. Divorces get expensive when the conflicts get heated. That’s when attorneys’ fees pile up. It benefits your bottom line to limit your disagreements to those that are absolutely critical to your future happiness and success. Don’t fight every step of the way.
  • Agree with your spouse ahead of time that you will strive to keep costs low. This only works, of course, if you are involved in an amicable divorce.
  • Don’t forget about tax implications. Every divorce has implications for your future income taxes, and it can save a lot of money in the future if you consult a certified public accountant before you sign any agreement.
  • Don’t overlook any assets. Texas is a community property state, which means that assets acquired or enhanced during the marriage are presumed to be equally the property of both spouses. Really comb through your marital history to recall any and all assets that you can make a claim to.
  • Make a realistic assessment of whether you need financial help from your spouse to get back on your feet and into the workforce. Alimony may be almost dead in Texas, but it has not breathed its last. In some situations, for example in the case of a stay-at-home parent who must rejoin the workforce, Texas divorce judges will still grant temporary spousal maintenance.

You can estimate the amount of child support you will receive or pay using the Texas child support calculator offered online by the Texas Office of the Attorney General.

Looking for additional information about lowering costs during a divorce? Stewart Law, PLLC, can provide advice and guidance. Located in Baytown, Texas, we have provided legal counsel to men and women in divorce and family law matters for 8 years. For an initial assessment and consultation of your case, contact us online  or call our office at
(281) 420-8020, at a reduced fee of $50.

 
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