Should I File For Divorce First?

Should I File For Divorce First

Whenever a marriage begins to fail, most of the time both spouses are aware that there is an issue. In many cases, there will be a hesitation to file for divorce first. This may be because the parties are unsure if they actually want to end the relationship, they may not want to deal with complexities that come along with a divorce such as financial and emotional strain, or they just may be unsure of where to start. While it makes sense that there may be some hesitation to file for divorce, you may want to explore the potential benefits that come with being the first spouse to file for divorce.


Benefits of Filing For Divorce First

By choosing to file for divorce, you can begin the divorce proceedings at a time where you are financially prepared to do so. This allows you the opportunity to collect all of the information that is relevant to your divorce case ahead of time, such as any deeds, bank account statements, investment records, wills, life or property insurance policies, social security cards, titles to shared property, and more. All of this will come in handy during the divorce process and may be harder to get access to once the divorce begins. Additionally, a person will have full access to the family finances so they are able to determine the extent of their debts, assets, and responsibilities. Whenever you file first, you can do so once you know you are prepared to handle this burden.


One of the most important advantages of filing the divorce petition first is that when you do, you can request what is known as a Standing Order from a court. This order will prevent your spouse from being able to make changes to beneficiaries on policies such as life insurance or retirement accounts, selling property, borrowing against or transferring property, changing their bank accounts, or making any other big financial changes. This can help prevent your spouse from hiding their assets or removing you from shared accounts.


If you are in Texas and looking to file for divorce from your spouse, the team at Renken Law Firm is here to help you. Our team of legal professionals offer services for all types of divorce from mediation to litigation. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you begin the divorce process.


Affordable Divorce Attorney in Galveston TX

Renken Law Firm is here to help couples who wish to dissolve their marriage, whether that be through divorce or legal separation. We are here to help those who are ending marriages that have been contested, uncontested, or collaborative. We are fully prepared to help you navigate the specifics of your case. We proudly serve the Greater Houston area, including but not limited to Brazos County, Cypress, Fort Bend County, Galveston, Houston Heights, Houston, Humble, Katy, Kingwood, Memorial Houston, Montgomery County, Montrose, Richmond, Rosenberg, Spring, The Woodlands. All marriages are different, making each divorce equally unique with its own set of needs that must be addressed. Contact our law office to explore your options moving forward, and find out how we can help you.


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