The Dangers in Putting off Filing for Divorce
One situation a Texas divorce attorney sees often are spouses who are separated but will not file for divorce. Perhaps neither party wants to broach the subject or the spouses do not want to go to the trouble of divorce proceedings.
One study has shown that 80% of all spouses who separate ultimately get divorced but that it can take up to three years. Of that group studied, 5% tried to reconcile. Shockingly, 15% of the separations remain stagnant for 10 or more years not leading to divorce or reconciliation.
In Texas, it can be dangerous for a couple to live apart but will not go through with divorce proceedings for two reasons.
Emotional Circumstances Can Change
One of the major reasons why it’s not advisable for spouses to remain separated long term is that the emotional circumstances surrounding your marriage can change. What could start out as an amicable divorce becomes more difficult when the other spouse begins to date or makes decisions regarding the children of the marriage.
Finances Become More Complicated
When a court grants a divorce, it will divide the assets and debts of the community. If too much time has passed, the spouses may not have access to the paperwork and accounts anymore. When parties get into this situation, it is ripe for one of the spouses to hide assets or make other maneuvers. The other spouse will have a difficult time proving these claims.
In addition, it is important to keep in mind that without a judgment of divorce, creditors can still come after you for your spouse’s debts, and your spouse may be able to act for you financially on your behalf.
Contract a Katy, TX Divorce Lawyer
If you are in divorce limbo, a skilled Texas divorce lawyer can help. The attorney at The Vendt Law Firm P.L.L.C. can review your situation and give counsel on what your options are. Languishing in a separation is typically a risky move. However, if you and your spouse are content with a long-term separation, a divorce attorney can still give you advice on how to best protect your finances and legal standing. Call Sugar Land, TX divorce attorney Frank J. Vendt, Jr. at The Vendt Law Firm, P.L.L.C. for help at (832) 276-9474.