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Dirty Divorce Tricks—And Why You Shouldn’t Consider Them

Dirty Divorce Tricks—And Why You Shouldn’t Consider Them

When a spouse has blindsided you with a divorce, or when infidelity, debts, or other lies have come to light, it can be devastating. It can be so devastating that even the most reasonable people start to think about options that are prohibited under Texas divorce law.

These dirty tricks can be tempting. But they can backfire in a big way. Here are some of the most common ones and what you should know. 

Leaving Your Spouse With Nothing

Texas is a community property state. This means that all assets acquired during the marriage are to be split equally. But even so, many spouses entertain the vindictive thought of emptying the bank account, canceling the credit cards, or cleaning out the house.

However, leaving your spouse with nothing can backfire big time. Emptying a bank account can lead to an emergency hearing and long-term consequences for you that negatively affect the outcome of your divorce.

And canceling your spouse’s credit cards or emptying the house can provoke your spouse to fight. You’ll end up spending more time in court and paying much more in legal fees, which could reduce the financial resources you have available to move forward with your life.

Getting Your Spouse In Trouble

Getting your spouse in trouble may also seem tempting. You may envision revealing your spouse’s adultery to their paramour’s family. But this could lead to a long legal battle that costs you much more than your divorce ordinarily would.

You may also envision getting your spouse fired from their job or reporting them to the IRS. But dirty tactics like this can bite you. You may find yourself without  comfortable child support or an alimony payment that you otherwise would have received if your spouse was employed. You could find yourself struggling to make ends meet.

Leaving Texas With the Kids

Leaving Texas with your children  to unfairly keep them from your spouse is also against Texas law. If our family law courts learn that you intended to deprive your spouse of a relationship with the kids, your spouse could wind up with full custody, and you could find that you are the one who is deprived of valuable time with them. The dishonesty is simply too much to risk.

If You’re Tempted to Take Action, Talk With a Lawyer First

Legal counsel from an experienced attorney can save you a world of heartache. If you’re thinking about taking unfair actions against a spouse—even a liar or a cheater who really deserves it—it’s best to talk with an attorney before you act.

At Schneider Law Firm, P.C., our lawyers can help you know the long-term implications of your actions today. To talk confidentially about your options, call the Arlington, Texas, law office of the Schneider Law Firm, P.C., at 817-799-7125 or send us a message.

5 Myths About Divorce You Shouldn’t Believe

Divorce can be a trying process. It can be especially confusing and hurtful when misinformation and myths taint your outlook on divorce. To protect your mindset, there are some myths you must stop believing now.

1. My Spouse Is At-Fault, So I’ll Walk Away With Everything

We know this is an emotional time. It’s normal to want to retaliate against someone who hurt you. Yet, in Texas, marital property belongs to both you and your spouse—no matter who’s at fault. Trust that the court will work to divide your assets equitably and fairly.

2. The Court Always Favors the Mother When Making Custody Decisions

The court will do what they feel is in the best interest of the child. In many cases, the mother has been the primary caregiver for the child, resulting in the mother being chosen for custody. Yet, the court doesn’t favor one party over the other. Instead, they’ll consider all facts before making a decision.

3. Keeping Property in My Name Will Protect It From Division

Separate property is property you acquired before the marriage. While it may be protected in divorce, you risk losing it if you commingle it with marital property. For example, if you use your inheritance to purchase your marital home, those funds are no longer separate. 

Regardless of whose name is on a title or loan, you’ll still have marital interest. It’s up to the court to decide how to divide all marital property.

4. I Need My Spouse’s Approval Before Getting a Divorce

Many years ago, the court required you to have spouse approval before getting a divorce. Now, one spouse can file for a contested divorce. There is no legal requirement stating your spouse must agree to the divorce for the court to grant it.

5. I Can Get Divorced Without the Help of an Attorney

Many DIY solutions exist in the legal industry, especially for divorce. Yet, divorces are difficult and complex situations that require a professional to best protect your interests. A divorce attorney can help you decide which steps are best for you to take and fight on your behalf.

Questions About Divorce? Let the Schneider Law Firm Team Help.

Each divorce is unique. You need the support of a professional attorney who can help protect you. To learn more about your divorce or to speak with an attorney, give our Arlington law firm a call at 817-799-7125 or send us a message.