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Things to Think About Before You Start the Divorce Process

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Divorce is hard for everyone. From the parents involved in the messy situation, to the kids, and even grandparents who are distraught about how frequently they’ll get to see their grandkids, the entire divorce process causes tremendous stress and strains otherwise loving relationships.

However, if you are contemplating divorce, it’s likely that your living situation has become unbearable. You are probably frustrated and angry, and are aren’t inspired to think things over carefully as your world comes crashing down around you.

If this situation describes what you’re feeling, we urge you to take a step back and think about how your divorce may affect your life in both the short and long term. Here are some tips from our family law practice to  think about before you begin the divorce process:

Think About Your Children’s Feelings: Remember that your divorce is between you and another adult, and that your children have no control over your relationship. Unfortunately, for many people it is far too easy to try to pit a child against your soon-to-be ex. This can create a challenging experience for your child, who may live with the ramifications of a messy divorce throughout his life.

Take Inventory: In starting a divorce proceeding, it is important to track all household furniture and important documents. This is necessary because bitter spouses may attempt to destroy or forge important documents to prevent their ex-spouse from laying claim to the goods. Make sure you have copies of important documents, including deeds and title information. If you have expensive pieces of artwork in the home, make sure to take photos and document the worth of such pieces. And, make sure these photos are time stamped, so that there is no question as to the date that you took the photos of the goods.

Prepare to Be Honest: The more honest you are with your divorce attorney, the more practical and well-thought-out advice that person can give you. This means being honest about your financial situation and about any third parties that may have contributed to your decision to get a divorce. Different states have different laws about what might happen in the case, that someone is dishonest, but if you hide something important and your judge finds out, you might be in hot water and forced to pay for it.

Consider Alternatives to Court: If you and your partner are separating on relatively civil terms, then you might be a good candidate for mediation. Unlike settlements that put parties against one another in order to try to “win” the most assets, mediation can help resolve underlying issues, which also helps facilitate communication and closure between the parties.

Here at Reese-Beisbier, we want to make this life-changing transition as easy as possible for you. If you have questions about planning your divorce that you would like to discuss with one of our attorneys, do not hesitate to contact us.

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