Before filing for divorce here are some pointers. Be careful about destroying evidence as this may cause you problems later. At the same time, you want to review this list and attempt to cushion any negative impact your actions prior to filing divorce may had on your decision making. Some pointers for you:
- Do check social networking sites and possibly shut down;
- Do secure self and make provisions to be safe; if there is a threat of violence;
- Do inform attorney of all relevant facts;
- Do talk about pre-and postnups, if you have had one;
- Do walk away from arguments and conflict;
- Do gather documents early in the process or before divorce begins;
- Do attend parenting class on attorney advice;
- Do gather information for inventories – this includes your assets and your debts;
- Do be on best behavior during the divorce;
- Do stop cursing in all forms, particularly in texts, e-mails, or other writings;
- Do disclose criminal history to your attorney;
- Do seek help for use of alcohol or unlawful substances before filing;
- Do act as if every conversation is recorded;
- Do disclose bad behavior to your attorney.
- Do Not violate a standing order or injunction;
- Do Not transfer or withdraw large money after filing for divorce;
- Do Not sell property without the Court’s permission;
- Do Not take kids out of school or enroll them in a new school;
- Do Not incur large or frivolous debts;
- Do Not discuss divorce in depth with kids;
- Do Not start another romantic relationship;
- Do Not put divorce information on social network sites;
- Do Not remove kids from the state to change their residence;
- Do Not hide assets or resist discovery;
- Do Not have expectations that the divorce will be over quickly or inexpensively;
- Do Not be rude or impolite to the other spouse
- Do Not blog publicly about your divorce proceedings;
- Do Not write and send nasty emails;
- Do Not send nasty text messages;
- Do Not take scandalous photos of yourself;
- Do Not remove, hide or secret the kids from your spouse.
Lastly, please be advised that we cannot guarantee any expected outcome or conclusion of your legal matter due to numerous and complicated factors which are beyond our control. Accordingly, we cannot guarantee a favorable outcome in any legal matter that we are handling for you. We will however, provide reasonable and competent services to represent and protect your interests and will not conclude or settle the matter without your approval. Should a problem arise with your spouse, please contact our office so that we may be able to advise you of the next step that will need to occur. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact our office.
About the Author
Michael Busby Jr. is a divorce and family law attorney who practices in Harris County Texas and the counties that surround Harris County. He has been in practice for over 14 years and has tried over 300 cases. He is familiar with the policy and procedures of the Houston Texas Divorce Courts. Our office is open until 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for working folks. Please call with your family law or divorce questions for contested divorce Houston Texas.
Michael Busby Jr.
2909 Hillcroft Suite 350
Houston, Texas 77057
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