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Navigating Divorce in Your 20s: 5 Considerations from a Texas Family Law Attorney

Posted by James Victor Esh | Jan 03, 2024

Divorce is a significant step at any age, but when you're in your 20s, it can feel particularly daunting. As a young adult, you are just beginning to establish your life, career, and possibly a family. If you are considering divorce, here are the 5 things to keep in mind 

1. Understanding the Legal Grounds and Process

In Texas, you can file for divorce based on fault or no-fault grounds. The reason can significantly affect the divorce proceedings, including asset division and possibly spousal support. Familiarize yourself with the process, which begins with filing a Petition for Divorce and can involve temporary orders, discovery, negotiations, and possibly a trial. Each step has implications for your future, so understanding the roadmap can help you navigate with confidence.

2. Financial Independence and Division of Assets

Often in your 20s, you might not have accumulated substantial marital assets, but what you have is critical for your next phase of life. Texas is a community property state, meaning all assets and debts acquired during the marriage are considered jointly owned and will be divided accordingly. Understand your financial standing, consider debts like student loans, and plan for future financial independence. Consult with your attorney about how to protect your assets and understand your rights and obligations.

3. Impact on Your Lifestyle and Future Plans

Divorce can significantly alter your life trajectory, especially in your 20s when many long-term decisions and commitments are made. Consider how it will affect your living arrangements, education, career plans, and even social life. Reflect on your future goals and how being divorced might alter or influence those paths.

4. If Children are Involved: Consider Custody and Support

If you have children, their welfare should be a priority. Understand how custody, visitation, and child support are determined in Texas. The court's primary consideration is the best interest of the child, which encompasses many factors. Think about co-parenting arrangements and how you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse can best support your children's needs and stability.

5. Emotional Well-being and Support

Divorce is not just a legal process; it's an emotional journey. In your 20s, facing the end of a marriage can feel like a derailment of your life plans. It's vital to take care of your mental and emotional health. Seek support from friends, family, or a professional therapist. Find healthy ways to cope and allow yourself time to grieve and adjust to your new normal.

As a Texas Family Law Attorney, I understand that considering divorce is never easy, especially when you're young and just starting out in life. It's a decision that requires careful thought and should not be rushed. If you are contemplating divorce, I urge you to reach out for legal guidance. With the right support and information, you can make informed decisions that will set the foundation for a brighter, more stable future. Remember, it's not just about ending a marriage; it's about beginning a new chapter of your life with clarity and confidence.

About the Author

James Victor Esh

Victor understands the struggles of families.  It is at the core of how he practices.  When a family must be reshaped, he understands the emotional struggle this causes.  He seeks to resolve conflicts in the most efficient way by reaching agreements where they can be made.  When an agreement can'...

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