Divorce is a stressful and emotional process, no matter whether you are a man or woman.
In some cases, there may be unique worries and concerns that men face during the divorce.
There is a common misconception that courts always favor the woman in a divorce, especially when it comes to topics like spousal support, community property, and child custody.
This is not true, and the family code weighs both parties equally.
If you have questions about the divorce process — whether you are male or female — it’s helpful to speak directly with an Austin divorce attorney to understand how the statutes apply to your particular situation.
Divorce Tips for Men
If you are a man who is preparing to go through a divorce, here are some helpful tips to hopefully put your mind somewhat at ease.
- Watch out for Super Aggressive Attorneys: Because there is a misconception that men are automatically at a disadvantage in a divorce, be cautious of attorneys who try to exploit you. Being aggressive and protecting your rights is one thing, but watch for an attorney who files excessive motions to delay things and create more hassle for your ex. In the end, the attorney is the one who benefits since he or she is earning higher legal fees.
- Don’t Hide Your Money and Assets: If you believe the hype that you are at a disadvantage during a divorce, you may be tempted to hide money or other assets to “level” the playing field. This is the worst thing you can do. The courts can find out what you’ve been up to and your ex can hire an expert to uncover hidden money and accounts. Don’t think that doing it a year before filing for divorce makes a difference either. Experts look at your financials from long before you filed for divorce, as they expect people to hide items long before the petition is filed.
- Ignore the Rumors and Focus on What Matters: If you have minor children, they should be your top priority in the divorce. If you and your ex are fighting over every aspect of the divorce, it can take a toll on your children. At the end of the day, your children are most important, not a piece of furniture or some other piece of personal property you are fighting over.
- Meet with Several Austin Divorce Attorneys In-Person: When it comes to choosing an attorney, it’s best to meet with several attorneys and find the one you feel most comfortable with. Don’t feel obligated to choose one on the spot after only visiting one firm. Ask about retainer, hourly rates, and how long the attorney thinks your case will go. Be cautious of firms that charge significantly less than others. Sometimes, it really is ‘you get what you pay for’ and you don’t want an attorney who screws your case up. That could cost you far more in down the line.
Contact us to Schedule a Consultation
At the Law Office of Ben Carrasco, we handle all types of family law matters, including divorce. We aren’t afraid to litigate certain issues when necessary, but we work to resolve your disputes in a timely manner to get your divorce finalized as quickly as possible. Call our Austin office at 512-320-9126 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.