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What Do I Do if A Divorce is Filed Against Me?

So, you just got your divorce summons. Maybe you saw this coming. Maybe this caught you off-guard. Whether or not you knew this was going to happen, you’re still going to have to do something about it.

Think Before Acting

The first thing you need to do is to stop and think. This is especially important if you didn’t see this coming. But even if you did see this coming, it’s good to stop first and think about what to do next. Of course, you’ll need to answer your divorce summon. If you realize too late that you want to contest something, it’ll be more difficult to do so. It would be best to consult a lawyer to help you through the divorce.

Take Note of the Important Details

The next thing you should do would be to take note of all the important details of your divorce. Make sure you take note of all the dates for the hearings. Also, make sure that you have the documents you need if ever any documents are needed for your divorce proceedings. The divorce process will be very tedious and it would be best that you come prepared, especially if you might want to contest anything regarding your divorce settlement.

Prepare Yourself Mentally

Aside from preparing all the paperwork for the divorce proceedings, you will also have to make sure that you’re mentally prepared for whatever might go on during the process. If you and your spouse are on pretty good terms and the decision is mutual, then that makes things easier. But if you and your spouse are on bad terms, it would be best to prepare for any mental stresses that your spouse and the divorce might present to you. You won’t be able to contest or settle for what you might want if you aren’t okay mentally.

Some people might handle finding out they’re getting divorced better than others. But whether or not you take the news well, it’s still good to be able to plan things out properly and take the proper steps to make sure that you’re also able to go through your divorce in the best way possible. After all, divorce does have an effect on your life after it’s finalized.

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Mr. Hutton is a Divorce and Custody Lawyer based out of Round Rock, TX. His background is with child psychology at Arizona State University where he received a B.S. in 2006, and he continued this by working with the Children’s Right’s Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law where he received his J.D. in 2009. Throughout his practice, he has been a strong proponent of utilizing modern technology to improve his practice and the representation of his clients. He currently is the technology chair of CAFA of Travis County and is committed to improving and modernizing the practice of law in Texas. If you have any questions you can contact him at

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