Even though divorce rates are dropping, a large number of marriages still end in divorce in America. If you and your spouse have decided go through with a divorce, you’ll find that there are many different factors and nuances to consider – maybe some that you didn’t even expect. The longer you’ve spent building a life with someone else, the longer and more complicated the process of sorting it out will be.
During a divorce, your stress and emotions can run very high. Thankfully, there are experienced divorce lawyers in Lisle who can help you get through the process and who understand the ins and outs of the legal system. If you’ve exhausted your options for reconciliation with your spouse and you need to go through with a divorce, here are a few issues to keep in the front of your mind:
Your Children and Custody
If you have children, you’ll definitely need to enlist the help of an attorney when it comes to custody. Custody decisions lie with the court, but there are many considerations that go into this decision. The child’s best interest factors in heavily, so there are many issues that can arise in court, including but not limited to any special needs the child may have, the mental and physical health of you and your spouse, and what the child wants, if they are old enough to testify.
Depending upon how all of these considerations play out, you may wind up with joint or sole custody of your children. Divorce can be a very confusing and stressful time for your children, as well, so make sure that you are there for them and that you help them to understand the process in a way that is appropriate for them.
You’ll have to work out how to settle any obligations and debt with your spouse, resolve any marital property, and consult with an attorney on whether or not alimony, or maintenance, is due to you or your spouse. You’ll also want a lawyer to review any prenuptial agreement that you have, advises Fay, Farrow & Associates.
Your Future Plans
Making sure that you can remain personally stable after your divorce is key. You may want to seek the help of a therapist to speak to. Having a plan as to how you’ll move forward afterwards, as well as a financial plan (with or without the effects of paying or receiving maintenance) is very important.
Thinking things through on your own and understanding your situation is important, but an attorney can provide invaluable help with your divorce.
For help with divorce and matters of family law, Fay, Farrow & Associates can help. Contact us today for a consultation.