What You Will Need to Consider When Filing for Divorce
Filing for divorce is a major, life-changing legal action. No matter how long a couple has been married, making the decision to file for divorce often has far-reaching ramifications. It can have an impact on the couple themselves, any children they may have from the marriage, and on financial and emotional well-being in the future. By taking certain elements into consideration ahead of time, the couple may be able to have a more practical approach to divorce, and come to a settlement without the need for litigation.
One of the first things to evaluate when filing for divorce is the current state of your finances, both assets and liabilities. By knowing exactly where the individual and joint finances stand, you will be able to get a better understanding on the costs involved in maintaining separate households. Will each party be responsible for their own finances following the divorce or will one party be required to pay support? How will assets and debts be divided? If one spouse left work to care for the children, what will be required to get that spouse back into the workforce so he or she can earn the income needed to meet the household budget? Will alimony and/or child support payments need to be made to maintain the standard of living enjoyed during the marriage? Who will get the family home, if anyone? Will it be sold or will one party retain ownership?
For couples who have children from the marriage, you will also need to take into consideration what living arrangement will be most beneficial to the children. Will the parents in the same area so the children do not need to change schools, be distant from family, friends and activities? What parenting plan will cause the least disruption to the children's routine, while still allowing them to have regular access to both parents? How will matters pertaining to education, health, religion, and overall upbringing be resolved?
With so many points to consider in filing for divorce, and state law regarding parenting, child support, spousal support and property division, it is in your best interest to consult with a skilled Jacksonville divorce attorney if you are considering filing for divorce. The board certified family law attorney at Charles E. Willmott, P.A. will be able to advise you of how state law could impact any division of assets or debts, parenting plans, and will work with you closely to compile the necessary documentation in divorce. With almost two decades experience helping clients resolve their divorce-related issues, he and his firm are determined to help guide you through your divorce with least amount of stress and worry possible. Divorce is a significant step, particularly in marriages of long duration. You owe it to yourself to get the facts before you file. Contact his firm and schedule your initial consultation today.