Getting divorced can be the scariest thing that you have ever gone through. Your whole life is going to change. It can also change your children’s lives. It often helps to learn as much as you can so you don’t feel struggle as much through this difficult time in your life.
Here are some common issues to discuss in a divorce.
What issues will need to be discussed in a divorce?
During your divorce, you are going to need to talk about a lot of things. These include:
- Your finances. Not only are you going to have to divide up your money, but you are also going to have to divvy up your debts. You are going to want to make sure that both of you are prepared for the future by discussing life insurance policies and your retirement plans.
- Child/spousal support. There are times when one person will need to give the other money in order to support their children (or even themselves). If one person stayed at home, you should try to continue to support him or her until he or she is able to get back on their feet.
- Your home. While one person may be able to stay in the family home, other times it is better to sell it and divide the profits between you so you can all move on.
- Your children. Child custody is usually the hardest thing to divide. Nobody is going to want to give up their children, though you need to think about their needs. Who can care for them better? Who has the time and energy to give them a good life? If it isn’t you, when does visitation suit?
How long will it take?
All divorces are different so it can be hard to determine how long yours will last. If you have a fairly simple divorce (and neither of you plan on fighting for things), you could find yourself divorced in a few weeks or months. However, most divorces aren’t simple and they can take a few months (or even years) to hammer out all of the details.
Divorce doesn’t have to be scary. A good lawyer can help you through this difficult time in your life so that you can come out on the other side better and more prepared for the future. Contact us if you prefer to go through mediation.