Divorce is not something people do lightly. Contrary to some beliefs legal representatives do not want people to rush into a divorce and indeed will encourage mediation and to think about it before making the final decision to end a marriage. Before you make this decision here are ten factors should be considered.
1. Mediation can make the process easier
As said before, mediation can be a great way to make the divorce process smoother. It can be a stressful time and this can reduce a lot of the issues involved.
2. Changing your will
This is not an easy subject but an important one – if you get divorced then it is vital that you change your will so that you reflect your new status. If you get remarried or have children with a new partner this needs to be considered as well.
3. Discuss financial issues
Who owns what and who should pay can be some of the biggest issues in a divorce and what will often be one of the biggest points of contention. It is important to look at this fairly and rationally – this is especially important when it comes to looking after children.
4. Don’t forget tax
Get some advice on how tax will affect your assets. This one may sound obvious but this can have financial implications for both parties.
5. Looking after children
For children divorce can be a very stressful time. First of all it is vital to reassure them that it is not their fault, allowing them to get used to their changing circumstances without feeling personally responsible.
Custody and visitation rights are potentially contentious issues. Naturally if a party is abusive then this is something that needs to be addressed. However in a lot of cases it is more about balancing the needs of the children and the rights of the parents.
6. Choose an appropriate representative
Divorces can be emotionally draining. While to an extent legal professionals need to be detached they can also show empathy and provide someone to help to get you through the process.
7. Focus on what matters
Yes you may want the CD collection. But is it really worth going through a lot of legal hassle to get it?
8. Read any documentation carefully
While this may sound obvious it can’t be emphasised enough – make sure you know what you are agreeing to. If you are not sure ask your legal representative to go over them before you sign them.
9. The process takes time
Even a so called “quickie” divorce can take up to six months. The process can be hard in terms of the amount of time you put in and the work involved. Therefore it is vital to be aware of this so that you are prepared for what’s to come.
10. The best representative helps you
At Larcomes we believe on being “big enough to specialise, small enough to care”. When it comes to divorce this is especially important- having both the resources and empathy to help you through this difficult time.