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Neglecting discovery and children can be harmful during divorce

It is not common for divorcing spouses to want to get through the process as quickly as possible so that they can move on with their lives. After all, getting divorced is challenging both emotionally and financially. However, rushing through a divorce proceeding in the state of Texas can have negative consequences in the long run.

One of the most important tasks to complete during the dissolution of a marriage is to allow a lawyer to do discovery. The discovery process is where the attorney requests to see all of a future ex's debts, assets and accounts so that he or she can hide nothing. Skipping this process to save time and energy may end up backfiring, as knowing all of the debts and assets of a marriage is important for making wise decisions when it comes to the division of property.

In addition, one can get so caught up in getting through this type of family law proceeding that the children are neglected emotionally. A child going through the process, too, may benefit from seeing a therapist. Signs that a child might need help with processing his or her feelings is showing disinterest in friends, struggling to sleep and eat, being sad constantly or showing aggressive behavior towards others.

Divorce is understandably a difficult process to navigate in Texas whether children are involved or not. Fortunately, mediation or negotiation are possible avenues through which a divorce settlement can be reached without further court intrusion. These alternatives to traditional litigation can reduce stress on the family and save money and time compared to going to trial.

Source: wotv4women.com, "How to assess your finances post-divorce", Gail Saukas, March 15, 2017

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