When engaging in divorce, couples may consider acquiring their own divorce lawyer. When two people choose to end their marriage, there will be several challenges. This should come as no surprise because even in the most amiable situations, an emotional component is still involved as families see their entire lives impacted. Because of this, it’s easy for emotions to take over and the process to escalate quickly, resulting in a conflict that can be difficult to work through. At times, this can prolong the divorce. Working with a lawyer can help keep their client on track, protect their rights through negotiations, and help them to keep a level head. The following are tips to remember when pursuing divorce and the challenges that may arise.
Tip #1: Have an Idea of Where You Stand
There are several vital agreements that couples will need to make when divorcing. Some couples may sit down together and begin working out arrangements even before they file for divorce. However, this may be an atypical situation. In contentious cases, it may be nearly impossible for divorcing couples to sit down without the help of mediators and lawyers. Regardless of the amiability of the divorce, it’s essential to sit down and consider possible agreements that will be made and where you stand on each of them, determining what your bottom lines are and what you may be willing to give up or make compromises around.
Tip #2: Be Prepared to Make Concessions
Agreements can be complicated to reach, and each person must be willing to give a little. Standing firm and unwavering on all agreements can make divorce more challenging, highly contentious, and take longer to resolve. In some cases, due to being unwilling to compromise, the divorce may result in costly litigation. Standard agreements that couples may need to make often include:
- Division of Property
- Division of Assets
- Division of Retirement Accounts
- Child Custody
- Child Support
- Spousal Support
- Allocation of Debts
Tip #3: Keep the Children at the Forefront
For couples with children, one of the most emotionally heightened agreements to form are those regarding child custody and child support. Each party may have strong feelings over who should have primary care of the child(ren). As a result, it can be easy for couples to slip into discord. Remember that both parties should keep their children’s best interests at the forefront. Even if it may not serve them, the courts will do the same if the decision is left to them.
Tip #4: Contact a Divorce Lawyer
Divorce lawyers guide one of life’s most significant challenges, ending a life that was once shared with another person. While it may be tempting to move forward without a lawyer, much of the time, this may not be a reasonable path forward. When working with a divorce lawyer, someone initiating a divorce will have someone to help them:
- Understand the legal process
- Help with proceeding through each step
- Someone who can help you stay on track with what’s important
- Help to consider alternative strategies that may be available
- Ensure that your rights are protected
Another issue that you will want to make sure you share with your divorce lawyer is if you are involved in any type of personal injury claim or lawsuit. Your spouse may try to claim this is part of the marital estate and your lawyer can take steps to protect your interests.
Managing divorce can be full of challenges, and navigating the process can not only be emotional but can also seem confusing without guidance.
Thank you to our friends at Robinson & Hadeed for sharing this information.