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5 Benefits of Seeking Therapy During & After Your Divorce

The process of divorce isn’t easy. In the throes of it, you may feel overwhelmed and wonder if you’ll ever be okay again. While divorce might be the best decision for you and your spouse, you’ll need to take extra care when it comes to your mental, physical and emotional wellbeing. Don’t struggle through these times alone—gain support through therapy.

5 Benefits of Therapy During & After the Divorce

1. Gain Emotional Support

During your divorce, you may experience a wide range of emotions, from anger to sadness. Although completely normal, it’s easy to get bogged down. A therapist or counselor can help you better understand and work through those emotions.

For example, your therapist may teach you coping mechanisms such as stress reduction techniques. With emotional support, you’ll be better prepared to handle the process of divorce and the months to follow.

2. Talk Through Your Anger

Anger is a completely valid response to divorce. When left unaddressed, however, it has the potential to affect you and your family well after the divorce is complete. 

Anger can keep you from being an effective co-parent to your children. It can also cause you to say things you can’t take back. A therapist will help you work through that anger by communicating and processing.

3. Learn How to Communicate Effectively

Communication will be critical during your divorce, especially if you and your spouse are going through mediation. You’ll also need to understand how to communicate effectively when co-parenting your children. 

A counselor can give you tips and insights on how you can make communication simpler. They can also teach you how to best respond to disagreements between you and your ex.

4. Discover How to Move Forward

Moving forward after your divorce will take time. Your therapist will help you work through the residual anger or sadness you may feel for the weeks and months to come. They can also help you work through job changes, parenting challenges and other moments that may occur to support you through life after divorce.

5. Learn How to Better Support Your Children

Your children deserve a strong support system, too. Your counselor can help you learn how to better support your children through the emotions they’ll experience during and after the divorce.

Struggling With the Thought of Divorce? Give Us a Call.

We know that divorce is an emotional and stressful process. You don’t have to go through it alone. We’re here to support you! To learn more about divorce or to speak with a Texas divorce attorney, call our Ft. Worth office at 817-755-1852 or send us a message.

Overcoming Common Co-Parenting Issues After a Divorce

Divorce is an emotional and confusing time for your children. After your divorce, effective co-parenting is critical for their wellbeing. You and your ex-spouse will need to use patience and problem-solving to ensure you’re able to work together.

Common Co-Parenting Issues & How to Overcome Them

There’s bound to be some growing pains while you and your ex-spouse figure out what life looks like after divorce. After all, you’ll both need to coordinate schedules and make decisions regarding your children. This is where some of the most common co-parenting issues arise.

1. Negative Talk

Divorce is stressful, which often results in anger and heightened emotion. Some parents may be shocked to hear their child relay that their ex-spouse has been speaking negatively about them when they’re not around.

This type of behavior confuses your child and may leave them to feel at-fault. They may also feel the need to choose between their parents.

It’s important to keep the issues you have with your ex between the two of you. Don’t use your children as a buffer or expect them to relay messages on your behalf.

2. Schedule Changes

Two different schedules will need to entwine to meet the needs of your children. And when changes occur, it could result in less parenting time and frustration. It’s best to communicate schedule changes with your ex-spouse as far in advance as possible.

For example, if you wish to take your child on an extended vacation, discuss it with your ex first. If your work schedule changes, tell your ex as soon as possible. You can then work together to come up with a plan.

Some changes, such as work schedule changes, may necessitate a custody modification. Reach out to your attorney if you feel your custody or parenting plan needs to change.

3. Lack of Cooperation

Unfortunately, some couples find it difficult to co-parent. One ex-spouse may be completely uncooperative when it comes to communication and the parenting plan. If this is the case for you, it’s important to remember that you can’t control your ex’s actions—you can only control your own.

Disagreements will happen, especially at first. You should expect to work through them together by communicating and sharing your concerns. If your ex refuses to co-parent, we recommend reaching out to an attorney for help.

Call Schneider Law Firm, P.C. in Ft. Worth Today

The attorneys at Schneider Law Firm, P.C. have years of experience supporting clients going through divorce and co-parenting. To learn more about effective co-parenting or for support with custody modifications, give our Ft. Worth office a call at 817-755-1852 or send us a message.

Property Division Principles in a Texas Divorce

“Will I lose everything?”

One of the top concerns many of our clients have about their divorce is property division. We know that a divorce can seem daunting, especially when there are assets such as a home involved. Fortunately, Texas law protects you and your spouse from walking away without your fair share of the property.

How Is Property Divided in a Texas Divorce?

The state of Texas follows the rules of community property. This means that community or marital property must be divided equitably between each spouse. Marital property is property that was obtained while you and your spouse were married. This includes assets such as your home, vehicles, bank accounts and more.

Property you obtained before your marriage, known as personal or separate property, is typically yours to keep in the event of your divorce. Yet, these lines can become blurry when discussing retirement assets and businesses, among many other assets.

The Process of Division

If your divorce heads to court, the judge will have the responsibility of determining which property is separate or community property. Your attorney will be there with you to advocate on your behalf. The process of division will vary depending on the assets you and your spouse share.

Some assets such as personal debt are easy to divide, as many couples simply take their own debt after the divorce. Other assets such as your home may be more difficult, as they may need to be sold to divide properly.

Another difficult asset is often the family business. If you and your spouse own a business together, you’ll need to have it valued first. You and your attorney can then decide if selling the business is the best next step or if sharing interest with your spouse is enough.

Property Division Isn’t Always 50/50

The term “equitable” means fair. Equitable property division doesn’t always mean a 50/50 split in a divorce. There are certain circumstances where the court will allow one spouse to walk away with more. For example, if a spouse has suffered through family violence or adultery, the court may decide to grant them additional assets.

The court will also consider a wide range of factors when determining the balance of property. Factors such as who will have primary custody of the children and who has a higher level of income may affect property division.

Considering a Divorce? Call the Attorneys at Schneider Law Firm, P.C.

If you’re considering a divorce, you don’t have to figure it all out on your own. We’re here to help. Reach out to the Arlington, Texas, divorce attorneys at Schneider Law Firm, P.C. Give us a call at 817-799-7125 or send us a message.