Divorce is a major decision that affects key life changes. If you are considering divorcing your spouse, you should understand the full scope of how a divorce could impact your life. Before you make any decisions, you should consult an experienced attorney.
Why You Should Consult with a Divorce Attorney?
Every divorce is different, so you cannot expect that your situation will play out similarly to other stories you may have heard from your friends and family. While divorce may seem commonplace, that doesn’t mean it isn’t still a complex, serious legal endeavor. Before you decide to move forward, it is important that you talk to a knowledgeable professional about your specific circumstances.
A divorce attorney will not sugarcoat the situation, as your friends or family members might. They will help provide you with the practical answers you need. This information will only better prepare you for what is to come.
Discussing your situation with a divorce lawyer can give you a realistic picture of what to expect regarding:
- Finances – Do you have a clear picture of your financial situation? Do you have access to shared funds? Do you know what your debt is? Your attorney can help you determine your financial status and help you understand the changes you are about to face.
- Custody – Where will your children live during the divorce process? What can you do to minimize the disruption to their daily lives as you dissolve the marriage? Your attorney can give you information on how legal decisions regarding children in a divorce are made.
- The Unknown – An attorney will provide personalized advice for your unique situation. They can inform you on any areas of confusion or concern and shed light on any issues you weren’t aware of before you make any big decisions.
When Should You Contact an Attorney?
For many people, divorce is a long time in the making. If you believe that your relationship is headed towards divorce, knowing when to consult with an attorney is almost as important as choosing the right attorney for your case.
If you are the person initiating the divorce, you should consult with an attorney before you speak with your partner. During your initial consultation, an attorney can advise you about any steps that you should take before informing your spouse of your impending divorce.
If you are not the one initiating divorce, you will probably need to play catch up. If your spouse has already hired an attorney and filed the initial paperwork, you will need to speak with an attorney as soon as possible. Your spouse may have already taken an inventory of assets, debts, and personal property, and you will need to do the same quickly.
No matter who begins the case, an attorney can help prepare both parties for the months between the initial breakup and the finalized divorce. This may include preparing temporary restraining orders that prevent both parties from spending joint funds or temporary parenting plans that dictate where the children will spend their time.
Whether you are preparing for a future divorce or were caught unaware by an unexpected divorce filing, Crystal Wright Law can help. Our law firm will make sure your future and finances are protected in your divorce case, and will help you negotiate a divorce agreement or parenting plan that fits your family’s changing needs.