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Preparation and foresight often ease divorce process

Dallas-area residents have likely heard of divorces or child custody battles that rage on for years. With planning and foresight, however, these types of contentious and drawn-out legal proceedings can often be avoided. In most cases, it's in the interest of both spouses to settle matters related to the division of assets and child custody as quickly and amicably as possible.

As with most things in life, it's best to be as prepared as possible when starting the divorce process. Prior to making any formal decisions regarding legal representation, it's often wise to consult with a divorce attorney and ask questions related to the anticipated divorce process and costs associated thereto.

Once legal counsel has been retained, divorcing individuals should present an attorney with accurate financial information. Information related to bank accounts, investments, retirement accounts and other assets will be used during divorce proceedings when factoring matters related to the division of marital assets as well as child support or spousal support.

When minor-aged children are involved in a divorce, parents often have many questions related to child custody and visitation matters. When one parent has concerns about the parenting skills of an ex-spouse, it's wise to document any and all worrisome events. In many cases, such information is submitted as evidence in court and used when deciding matters related to child custody and visitation.

While it's important to be as prepared as possible for an impending divorce, there are obviously many factors out of one's control. For these reasons, it's critical to secure legal representation. A divorce attorney can answer questions, provide advice and ultimately help ensure an individual's best interests are protected in a divorce proceeding.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Divorce Confidential: Asking the Right Questions in a Divorce," Caroline Choi, Dec. 4, 2013

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