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Emotions drive divorce but cool head needed

Couples in Texas strained by the emotional and financial challenges of the holiday season often create a spike in divorce filings at the beginning of a new year. The president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers has noted that every January produces a jump in divorce actions by 25 percent to 30 percent. He advised people not to initiate a divorce in a fit of anger but to consider the split from an intellectual position.

He said that people need to approach divorce like a business transaction because of the financial aspects involved. An aggressive approach will likely create confrontation that could prolong litigation. The process could easily produce legal costs that reach into six figures for couples with substantial assets.

The author of "Divorce: Protect Yourself, Your Kids, and Your Future" warned that divorce could be financially devastating. Someone who earned significantly less money than the former spouse might have to sell a home. He recommended that people develop a strategic vision for the divorce. Biding time until a spouse earns a bonus or pays off a debt could reduce financial pressure. A slow approach could also give someone time to collect information about assets.

There are a variety of divorce legal issues that could have serious ramifications if they are not carefully considered and a hasty decision to file is made. For example, people who are covered by their estranged spouse's company health insurance plan might want to take the time to do some price comparisons. These and other issues should be discussed with their family law attorneys.

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