No one goes through a divorce thinking “I want to succeed” at this endeavor. It isn’t something that you were thinking you’d ever go through let alone be good at. Now that you are here you should do all you can to make the process as successful as possible. Here are a few tips:
• Be reasonable: emotions run high in a divorce. Fighting, drawing lines in the sand, being vindictive, wasting assets, and sabotaging friends and family usually does you no good in the long run. Wisconsin is a “no-fault” state when it comes to divorce so it does no good to point fingers or get back at your ex for ending a marriage.
• Take inventory of your assets and debts: get the most recent statements for your saving and checking accounts, 401ks, IRAs, debts (credit card, car, personal loans), life insurance, and mortgage. Simply put, figure out how much you have and how much you owe.
• Continue to be excellent parents: your kids didn’t ask for this divorce and this will be a stressful time for them. Your job is to put them first in your life and make sure that they are taken care of. If a guardian ad litem gets involved be honest and fair with him/her.
• Start thinking of a post-divorce plan: It doesn’t have to be anything complicated but think about where you want to live, what car you want to drive, and how you might want to split up all the assets and debts you have accumulated over the years.
Doing these things will go a long way in helping your divorce be a success. I represent families in divorce and offer, free, no cost, no obligation consultations. If you have a divorce or post divorce question such as custody, placement, child support or maintenance or any other issue related to divorce please contact Matthew McCasland in the Dane County area at (608) 824-9540, Sauk or Columbia County area at (608) 356-3961. Also, please check out our website at https://khtlawyers.com for additional information.