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Decided to Divorce? Now What?

Divorce is a major life event which can significantly impact individuals and families emotionally and financially.

Just thinking about the divorce process and the issues involved can be quite overwhelming.

If you have made the decision to divorce, before running to the courthouse, consider rolling up your sleeves and doing some research.

Family and friends may mean well, and may flood you with advice and suggestions. However, it is important that you consult with appropriate professionals, such as family law attorneys, financial planners, CPAs and divorce therapists.

These are just a few questions that may arise following your decision to divorce:

  • My spouse does not know I want a divorce.  How should I inform my spouse?
  • How do I address immediate concerns?
  • How will custody and parenting time be determined?
  • How much child support will I pay or receive?
  • How much alimony will I pay or receive?
  • How much will it cost to get divorced?
  • How long will it take to get divorced?

Every divorce situation is unique.

If you and your spouse are able/willing to resolve your divorce issues in a non-adversarial, confidential environment out-of-court, you may want to consider exploring the options of divorce mediation and collaborative divorce.  Most of the time, these two out-of-court processes cost less and take less time than the traditional divorce litigation process.

So if you have made the decision to divorce and are ready to move forward with the divorce process, it is important to take a deep breath and figure out a plan.

Discuss your situation with appropriate professionals, become educated about the issues and understand your options.  This will help you make informed decisions while taking into account the best interests of you and your family.

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