The divorce process is an exceptionally complicated undertaking for anyone, regardless of gender. There are also high levels of emotions involved for anyone – both men and women – going through this legal procedure.
According to PsychologyToday.com, women initiate divorce more than men. These scenarios often leave the latter sex more clueless and oblivious in handling the situation.
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In today’s post, we’ll share some helpful divorce advice specifically for men.
We’ll also share helpful divorce tips for women in a different article. However, for the purposes of this post, we’ll discuss divorce for men and how they can navigate through the process.
The Legal Landscape
While the laws may vary depending on what state in the country you live in, the general legal landscape for divorce proceedings in the country is typically the same, no matter what jurisdiction you’re in.
Are You Thinking of Moving Out?
Some men, especially when they are fathers, would prefer to be the ones to move out and keep the peace when talks of separation and divorce are on the table. They want to keep the peace so much that they don’t mind being at their wive’s mercy and leniency.
However, the act of moving out already sets the tone for how the divorce proceeding will take place. Whether it’s you or your wife who needs to move out or keep living in your house, there should be balancing of your custody and assets that should be discussed with an experienced divorce lawyer, which leads us to the following advice about divorce for men.
Consult with An Experienced Divorce and Family Law Attorney
You can even reach out to two to three attorneys. This helps in gaining perspective of the whole arduous process. Working with a legal expert you feel comfortable with is hugely comforting and beneficial as you go through the divorce.
Don’t Fall For Aggressive Approaches
This is a piece of notably particular advice we’d like to share with men going through a divorce. Never go for divorce lawyers trying to lure you into believing that there is bias against men and fathers when it comes to divorce.
They try to sell this idea so much that they will advise you to go on the offensive and give into your emotional (and illogical) nature. These legal professionals do it for one reason: to convince you to retain their services.
It’s All About the Children
Divorce usually leave men isolated from their friends and family. Also, it’s difficult not to focus on your own needs when you’re going through this difficult process. However, if you’re a father going through a divorce, the children should be one of your top priorities.
When it comes to divorce for men, they should think that it’s their life, children, and possessions on the line. Thus, it’s not advisable to be stingy about employing the services of a reputable divorce attorney.
You Get What You Pay For
If you go cheap, you’ll also get cheap. The same sentiment applies to employing a divorce attorney. Focusing on saving money as you go through and during the divorce gets exceptionally tempting, especially when you consider the high costs of the actual divorce, the child and spousal support, and other expenses.
Communicate with Your Divorce Attorney Regularly and Openly
Now that you’ve hired a divorce attorney you trust, you must always keep in contact with him or her. Men are generally known not to be good communicators. However, when you’re going through a divorce, regular communication, whether it’s through emails, phone calls, or face-to-face, is critical.
Familiarize yourself with child custody laws and visitation rights in your state. Speak with your lawyer. Do your own research. Seek advice from other men who went through the same thing.
Be Upfront About Your Finances
Divorce for men can get particularly costly. However, it’s critical always to be honest about your financial sources and history. If the court, your ex-wife, or anyone ever finds out that you have not been upfront and honest about your property assets or if you have been disobeying your fiduciary duty, then you may get in a lot of trouble.
The Texas Family Code doesn’t take these situations lightly. The repercussions may be catastrophic for men, or anyone, caught lying about their finances during a divorce proceeding.
We hope these divorce for men advice we’ve shared are helpful. We know that situations are different for everyone. If you need to discuss your specific case, please don’t hesitate to contact us.