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If you have made the decision to move forward with divorce, you understand there are certain changes you will experience. Regardless of your income level and how amicable you may be with your spouse, it is probable you will experience some financial disruption. There are things you can do now that will help you prepare for what is ahead, allowing you to lay the foundation for a strong post-divorce future.

The choices you make during divorce will have an impact on you for years to come. Divorce is a complex process, and it's easy to see how some may allow their emotions to drive their decision-making during this process. How you feel in the moment is not indicative of what makes the most sense long-term, and preparing for your divorce will help you keep your focus on what is most important.

What should you do?

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Divorce is a complex and emotionally challenging process for every member of the family. Even when both spouses resolve to remain civil and work through issues together, they may not agree on everything. However, this does not necessarily mean it is inevitable they will go to court. There are ways to resolve even the most complex disputes outside of the courtroom.

Mediation is a process that allows two parties to work together on their issues and resolve disputes without litigating. If you and your spouse can discuss issues in a respectful manner and have the desire to maintain more control over your final divorce order, you may consider the benefits of mediation. Before you make any decisions regarding your divorce, it is in your interests to consider the options available to you.

Why mediate?

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When a marriage comes to an end, there are many things to decide, whether between the spouses or before a judge. For example, most every couple has property to divide, and many have the custody and support of children to consider. However, one of the most controversial and misunderstood issues of divorce is spousal support, also called spousal maintenance or alimony.

Spousal support is not an automatic part of a divorce order or settlement. Receiving an alimony award is a rare event because many spouses have relatively equitable incomes when they divorce. Because there may be advantages and disadvantages to receiving alimony, including understanding how it may affect your taxes, it is wise to discuss the matter thoroughly with your attorney to fully understand how it applies to you.

Are you eligible for spousal support?

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Over the years, you and your family have likely had many discussions about issues that could affect the family as a whole. While some of them may have been joyous, such as planning the year's vacation, others may not have been so uplifting, such as having to talk about disciplinary action after one or more of your children broke the rules. Whatever the case, however, you have been open with your children.

Still, the idea of telling them that you and their other parent are getting a divorce may have you wanting to hold back. After all, this decision will change their lives, and you certainly do not want them to feel as if any of it was their fault. As a result, you want to tell them in the best way possible.

You know your family

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One of the most difficult aspects of divorce is figuring out how to make sure your children do not suffer unnecessarily. Kids often struggle when their parents make the decision to end their marriage, and like other Texas parents, you want to provide them with as much stability and security as possible. You can do this with a strong parenting plan.

You have the right to have a say over what your custody plan looks like. This issue does not have to go to court, but instead, you and the other parent can work together to craft a parenting plan that will work for your unique family. This is not always easy, and you will find it helpful to keep your eyes on what is most important – the long-term best interests of your children.

The foundation of a good parenting plan

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