Divorce is often portrayed as a spur-of-the-moment decision, in which people in a marriage decide they can’t take it anymore and rush to the courthouse to file. However, that is generally not true because the breakdown of a marriage is a slow process. Accordingly, rather than rushing into divorce without thinking it through, you should allow yourself some time to plan your exit so that you are not financially and emotionally devastated.
Divorce wreaks havoc on everyone in the family. No matter how you look at it, it is still a loss. It is the loss of a dream, a life style, social status, and family unit. It is always a financial set back. How much you lose, and how fast you recover in part, is related to how you leave. Before jumping to the conclusion that you need a divorce, you should understand the legal and emotional ramifications that you will face. We can help you to understand your legal rights and help guide you through the process so that you will feel confident that you are taking the proper action moving forward.
If you are thinking about divorcing your spouse, in order to maximize your options and minimize your risk, you need to consider several issues and plan accordingly before heading to the court house. Gathering important documents is a good place to start. It is also important to start thinking about the applicable legal details that must be settled: dividing marital property, determining child custody, child support, alimony, and other matters. It is important to know your rights and understand what the divorce process will entail before moving forward.
Don’t hesitate to contact one of our family law attorneys today for a consultation on starting the divorce planning process so that you will have the knowledge that you need to protect your rights should you or your spouse decide to move forward with a divorce.