Divorcing your spouse can be stressful. Even if it is the right thing for your family, it can still be a major life change and require some adjustment from everyone involved. This is why it is so important that you prepare yourself for the change and that you do everything you can to simplify the process. Here are some important things you should know.
1. Talk To A Lawyer Early On
One of the biggest mistakes that people make is not talking to an attorney soon enough. They think that they can navigate the process on their own, so they put off talking to a lawyer because they think it will save them money, or that they won't talk to the attorney until they are ready to actually file the divorce. However, the separation and preparations for the divorce are incredibly important. There are many things that you should do before you actually divorce. You need to protect your finances, you need to start thinking about custody arrangements and you need to make sure that you aren't giving your spouse any ammo against you. People make mistakes while separating and preparing for a divorce that hurt them in the long-run. These situations could be avoided if you just talk to an attorney.
2. You Will Have To Go Through Mediation
Unfortunately divorce is very common so the courts are bombarded with settling divorce disputes. This means that before you will even be able to see a judge, you will have to do court ordered mediation. This mediation is very important and if possible you need to resolve your divorce in mediation. When you go to court you cost yourself so much more money. Additionally, you never know what you are going to get. There is always a chance that something crazy will happen, and it won't be in your favor. During mediation you have more control over getting an agreement that you can live with. And finally, too many people go before a judge only to have him split everything 50-50 just the same as would have been done if they went to mediation, but now they have thousands and thousands of dollars more in legal fees, but the exact same outcome. For this reason, you should do everything in your power to resolve the dispute in mediation.
These are just a couple important things that you need to know when getting a divorce. Talk to an attorney at firms like Eschbacher Law for more advice.