If you and your spouse agree that it is time to end your marriage, you may be considering an amicable divorce. An amicable divorce is a low-stress and cost-effective way to end a marriage, and it is a method that spouses in Texas are using with increasing frequency. Texas law allows spouses to file for a no-fault divorce; and, if you and your spouse are both ready to move on, filing on the basis of “insupportability” is the first step toward achieving an amicable resolution.

Even if you and your spouse will be able to resolve your divorce amicably, it is still important to take appropriate steps to prepare for the process. Here are six tips to help get you started:

1. Talk about Your Options with Your Spouse

If you are considering an amicable divorce, this most likely means that you and your spouse are on speaking terms. This is a good thing, as it means that you can engage in worthwhile discussions about the options you have available. Do you think you will be able to complete the entire process informally; or, do either of you foresee potential issues that could require the assistance of a mediator, financial expert or other professional?

2. Talk about Your Options with an Attorney

In addition to discussing your options with your spouse, it is also important to discuss your options with your attorney. Even in an amicable divorce, you and your spouse should still each have your own independent legal representation. This will ensure that you are aware of the options that are in your best interests, and that you do not give short shrift to any issues that require in-depth consideration.

3. Remember that Amicable Does Not Mean Uncontested

In an amicable divorce you can – and should – take a stand for what you want. It is okay to have disagreements. This is to be expected, and you and your spouse will each need to make sacrifices in order to reach a final agreement.

4. Make a List of Your Priorities

To prepare for these inevitable compromises, it will be helpful to make a list of priorities. What assets do you want to keep? Which assets can’t you live without?

5. Make a Financial Plan

When organizing your priorities, it is important to have a clear understanding of what your financial circumstances will be like after your divorce. With only one source of income, will you need to seek spousal support (alimony)? Will you need to keep certain assets (such as a vehicle or savings account) in order to avoid unnecessary financial strain? These are important questions that you will need to answer sooner rather than later.

6. Prepare for the Divorce Process

Finally, even when everything goes smoothly, getting divorced is still a process. It takes time, and there are certain necessary steps involved. The more you can do to prepare, the smoother the process will be, and the more confident you will feel in the outcome of your divorce.

Schedule a Free Divorce Consultation at Nordhaus Walpole, PLLC

If you are interested in pursuing an amicable divorce, we encourage you to contact us for a free initial consultation. One of our McKinney divorce lawyers will be happy to meet with you personally to explain your options and provide an overview of the process. To schedule an appointment at your convenience, please call (214) 726-1450 or get in touch online today.