Divorce is a painful process, especially for the couple and their children. However, with legal professionals’ correct planning and advice, divorce will not have to be as taxing on your resources or your emotions. If you are considering getting a divorce or have already started one, there are some things you need to keep in mind. In any marriage, there will be ups and downs. However, if you find yourself in a situation where it is clear that your marriage has no future, you need to start preparing for a divorce. What can seem like an insurmountable challenge at first will become much easier with the proper guidance and planning. Here are some things that you need to consider in a divorce so that it is smooth sailing from start to finish.
Will you have to pay alimony?
Spousal support or alimony is a payment made to your former spouse in the event of a divorce. Alimony isn’t mandatory in all states and comes with different rules depending on where you were married or residing. The rules consider many different factors, so you must understand where you stand and what you might have to pay. Getting the proper legal representation will help you avoid paying more than you need to each month.
What visitation rights will you require?
Coming to a visitation schedule outside of legal intervention is always best for children involved in a divorce. However, in cases where this isn’t appropriate, the court can help set up supervised visitation when required and give you a legal framework for all parties to stick to. Taking into account both parents and your schedules and the children’s needs can help you find common ground and what is best.
Do you need to pay child support?
Both parents need to make sure they contribute to their child’s life financially. Paying child support is determined based on your income and your state, and at times, the nature of the work you do; for example, child support in the military can be vastly different to civilian child support. Again, both parents can figure out outside of court if the divorce is amicable.
How will you split any assets?
Assets are items that have monetary value, such as the family home or savings. If you and your ex-spouse can agree on how to split the assets, you don’t have to go through the courts. However, if you and your ex-spouse can’t agree to split the assets, you will have to go to court. A judge will decide how to break the assets based on the circumstances of your case.
Where do you go from here?
If you are on the path to a divorce, your first priority should be to protect yourself and your rights. Start by gathering information to help you understand your situation and where you stand. Be sure to consult a legal professional at every stage of the process. This will help make divorce less stressful and costly and help you move forward with a clearer path.