“I’m about to start a divorce. What are your general tips?”
Divorce is more than a legal problem; it is also a lifestyle change. Divorce, or dissolution of marriage, affects every aspect of your life. You are single rather than married. Your financial status changes; your relationships with friends, parents, in-laws, and even your own children change. Your residence may change, you own less property and less furniture, and you have less money and income. Your credit may be harmed.
If you are considering a divorce, you need to completely change the way you think and act. First and foremost, you need to take care of yourself financially. Your spouse will be operating only in his or her best interests. You need to take steps immediately to protect your money and get control of your financial situation. Even before you talk to your spouse, you should talk to an attorney. Divorce is more complicated than most people believe. A divorce attorney will help you understand the issues of your particular situation.
It is also critically important to remember that you have to live with the consequences of your actions during the divorce, which is especially important when there are children involved. A good divorce lawyer will attack the business aspects of the case while making sure the emotional aspects are dealt with sensitively and in an environment of respect and professionalism.
You are facing the reorganization of your family and your life. Hopefully, you can get to the other side of this crisis with the minimal amount of financial and emotional harm.
Gary E. Williams is a lawyer at Clearwater Firm in Florida.