All divorces have multiple moving parts, and you will find that you need to make a lot of adjustments. Inevitably, the process is going to be difficult no matter the type of divorce you are getting. However, there are ways to make the process run more smoothly, and that can help you secure a settlement or judgment that is favorable to you. When you are going through the divorce process, following the five tips below can help you arrive at a favorable outcome.
The more prepared you are for the divorce process, the easier you will find it. To prepare for divorce, you must gather all of your paperwork, document all assets and property, open an individual banking account and understand what your financial obligations will be after divorce. You should also start to consider where you will want to live after divorce, as that can help determine if you want to fight to keep the family home.
Determine Your Budget
A divorce attorney can provide an estimate of how much your divorce will cost. While it is important to determine your financial obligations after divorce, you should also create a budget for while you are going through the process. More importantly, you should stick to it. Do not make new purchases just to make yourself feel better about the divorce, and do not run up high credit card bills with the intention that your spouse will have to pay for half of the debt.
Always Keep Your Child’s Best Interests in Mind
If children are involved, you must keep their best interests in mind at all times. Child custody and parenting time issues are always the most contentious aspects of a divorce, and figuring these terms out is not easy. Remember that while your children are going through it with you, they have no say in the process. Never use your children as a weapon against your spouse, remain available to talk to them about it whenever they need to, and always keep their physical and emotional needs in mind.
Stay Off Social Media
While browsing through social media sites is okay during divorce, you should try to refrain from posting on any platform until the process is over. Your spouse’s divorce attorney will comb through these profiles, trying to find posts to use against you. For example, you may post a picture that showed you getting drunk during a night out with friends because you thought it was funny. Although this may not be a habit for you, your spouse’s attorney will argue that it is and that could hurt you during child custody hearings.
Work with a Michigan Divorce Lawyer
Even if you think you are going to have a reasonably amicable divorce, it is still important to speak to a Clinton Township divorce lawyer. At Iafrate & Salassa, P.C., our attorneys will always ensure that your rights are upheld, that you know what to expect, and will help you secure the most favorable settlement possible in the least amount of time. If you are going through divorce, or you suspect your spouse is about to file, call us today or contact us online to arrange a free initial consultation with one of our attorneys.