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10 Ways to Survive a Divorce

Divorce is one of life’s major stressors, and in the middle of a pandemic — with all its attendant economic and health anxieties — it can be even more stressful.

I endeavor to help all my clients open the next chapter of their life with as much optimism and resilience as possible. To accomplish that, here are 10 “survival tips” I recommend:

  1. Follow your lawyer’s advice. Whether it’s me or any other lawyer — even if you are a lawyer yourself — listen to the lawyer you hired. You are paying them for a reason: because they have the legal expertise and emotional distance to help you navigate some of your life’s choppiest waters. If you don’t like or trust their advice, change lawyers.
  2. Make the most of the evidence you have. You can’t change the law, the facts, or the evidence, but you can make the most of what you have. Use programs to legally download the other side’s social media and texts. Create a calendar of events. Shift away from "he said/she said" with document proof. 
  3. Save the documents. Documents include text messages, all social media of any kind, tax returns, bank records, retirement records, investment account records, house refinance records, credit card records, and anything else that might be relevant. For any “documents” that you don’t control or that might disappear (such as text messages or social media), take screen grabs.
  4. Change your passwords on everything to something your spouse will not guess. This includes e-mail, telephone, bills, banking, credit cards, investment accounts, ATM pins, utilities, etc. And make sure not to re-use any passwords so that on the off chance your spouse cracks one, they can’t crack any others.
  5. Do not create negative evidence by putting anything in writing that you don’t want read back to you in court. No texts, no e-mails, no social media. It doesn’t matter if you think it is private; anything in writing might eventually become public. Along those lines, if you suspect that you might give in to temptation, perhaps when inebriated, take a tip from Odysseus (who ordered his ship’s crew to tie him up so that he couldn’t heed the sirens trying to tempt him off course), and either leave your phone at home or give it to a friend. 

Read my latest post to see tips 6-10.

Divorce Survival Tips
Carol Wilson
Carol Wilson provides expertise, focus and compassion in times of family turmoil, having skillfully litigated and tried complex divorce, property division, and child custody cases for more than 30 years.

She has been Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1992. Subscribe to the firm's newsletter here.

Law Office of Carol A. Wilson Proudly Sponsors 'ASC Goes Couture' at Neiman Marcus

Once again, the Law Office of Carol A. Wilson co-sponsored Attorneys Serving the Community's ASC Goes Couture event to raise money for our charity's beneficiary. This year's event, on October 7, benefited The Bridge Breast Network, which provides access to diagnostic and treatment services for breast cancer to low income, uninsured, and underinsured individuals.

ASC Goes Couture featured fashion, food, and fun for the ASC members and friends who attended (and I even took the opportunity to do an impromptu stroll down the catwalk, see top middle image). 

 
Huge gratitude to the event co-sponsors: Andrews & Barth, Foster U.S. & Global Immigration Services, Kastl Law P.C., Legility, Neiman Marcus, Lori Bensing of Edelman Financial Engines, Cindy Carradine CPA/CFF, Rebecca & Michael Massiatte, Law Office of Patricia Nolan, and Linda Shirley. Special thanks to event photographer Debbie Pochman.

A Client's Perspective

"Carol treated me better than any attorney ever."
- S.W., a former client
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