Filing for divorce is one of the most difficult decisions you can make. While you may be looking to get out of your marriage as soon as possible, it’s best to make a thoughtful and informed decision, as long as you aren’t in danger. Divorce will impact you, your children, your finances and pretty much every aspect of your life; it’s not a decision to be taken lightly. These are 5 factors to consider before filing for divorce.
1. Is Divorce the Best Resolution?
If your marriage is making you unhappy, you can seek professional help to find out if indeed your marriage is on the outs or if it is merely a rough patch. Marriage counseling may be helpful to learn more about each other and acquire healthy problem-solving skills in a neutral territory. Something as easy as improved communication can make all the difference.
2. How Will Divorce Affect Your Children?
You should never avoid divorce simply to keep your children happy, but it is worth thinking about how it will affect them. Who will want primary custody? What about child support? Planning ahead can help protect your children from the stresses of divorce.
3. Are You Financially Set?
If you are considering a divorce, you need to consider the costs. If you are petitioning to become the custodial parent, will you be able to balance all your finances? Write up a budget that includes legal costs, children, rent, and more.
4. Where Will You Go?
While certain spouses may be able to live together during a divorce, it’s far from ideal for most parents. Before you file for divorce, contact your friends and family and ask them for temporary housing while you seek a permanent arrangement.
5. Consult and Hire an Attorney
If your case is complex and there are children involved, consider hiring an attorney. They can walk you through the process of divorce before making a decision. Will there be spousal support? How will assets be divided? Who will be the primary guardian of the children? Will you need to go to court? These are all questions a divorce attorney can answer.
If you have questions about what to consider before divorcing, contact Tinny, Meyer & Piccarreto, P.A. today. Our Clearwater divorce lawyers can give you the advice and representation needed to get you desirable results.
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