Many people have questions about how to begin preparing for the process of divorce, or whether divorce is even the right option. If you have questions about the divorce process and want to ensure you are fairly represented during any court proceedings, enlist the help of a family law attorney and explore the following overview on seeking divorce.
Determine whether divorce is the best avenue:
Obtaining a divorce will have permanent and lasting effects on many aspects of your life, and you owe it to yourself to seriously consider all of the implications of a divorce. Aside from the obvious issues inherent in separating one household into two, including creating a parenting plan to accommodate children and determining spousal and child support, divorce will affect pensions, taxes, and many aspects of your personal life. You may wish to seek the advice of a marriage counselor before committing to divorce.
Find an attorney to represent you:
You always have the option of representing yourself in a divorce; however, given the complexity of most divorce cases and the nuances of the law, this is not the ideal choice. Obtaining the services of an experienced family law and divorce lawyer not only bolsters your chances of completing your divorce fairly and efficiently, but also provides you with the benefit of peace of mind.
Now it is time to start gathering information you will need. Documents you’ll want to have include: tax forms such as W-2 forms and pay stubs; credit card and bank statements; vehicle titles and loan or mortgage documents; information on every member of the household, such as birth dates and Social Security numbers; a list of debts and monthly payments; and a list of average monthly living expenses.
The decision to file for divorce is never easy, even if you feel it is necessary. There are many complex emotional and legal issues to consider during the process. If you would like to discuss your circumstances with an experienced family law attorney, call the Knollmeyer Law Office at (501) 985-1760. Call today to schedule a free consultation.
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