Making the decision to divorce is often complicated. Divorce is a major life change that can leave a person reeling. Dealing with issues such as money, children, career changes and possibly downsizing your home on your own can seem overwhelming. However, if the choice boils down to staying in a broken marriage or facing the challenges to improve the quality of life for you and your family, its probably time to act.
Sometimes the decision to divorce is mutual and you and your spouse can work out the details regarding property division, spousal maintenance, child custody and support without hostility or disagreement — the makings of an uncontested divorce. Other times, it may prove difficult to find a middle ground and you and your spouse may become embroiled in a contested divorce. Often, couples will begin the process of a contested divorce and then, before taking it to court, reach an agreement on the financial terms and other relevant issues, aka a legally binding divorce settlement.
In both scenarios, it is advisable to seek the professional help of an experienced family law attorney. There are a range of issues to consider and the more knowledgeable you are going into a divorce, the more likely you will achieve a favorable outcome with regard to spousal maintenance, child support & visitation and the division of marital property.
Remember that knowledge and preparation are empowering. Talk to your attorney about what you are hoping to achieve through the divorce process. If you want to retain the family home, prefer sole custody of your children or need to get a better handle on what to expect financially after the divorce, an experienced family law attorney can help you navigate the process for a more favorable outcome.
Every journey begins with the first step, and in the case of initiating a divorce, getting started can be intimidating. Let the Law Offices of Schlesinger and Strauss, LLC help you. We have been practicing family law exclusively for over 30 years and have the experience, knowledge and compassion to guide you through the divorce process successfully. Contact us today for a free initial consultation to get started.