- Hire a lawyer. The divorce process can be very complicated. Ease your stress and feel confident that this important part of your life is handled properly by retaining an experienced family lawyer.
- Cooperate with your divorce lawyer. Ask good questions, consider advice, stay in contact, and respond to requests for information.
- Pay attention to the process. Communicate with your lawyer about what to expect, when to expect it, and why it is happening. This is YOUR divorce, so make every effort to understand it.
- Identify your goals. When the divorce is complete, what will be most important to achieve? Focus on achieving those goals.
- Understand which battles are worth fighting. Arguing over everything is expensive, emotionally draining, and time consuming.
- Have regular discussions with your lawyer about legal fees. You will likely need to adjust to new financial circumstances after divorce. It is certainly not helpful to be stuck with a huge legal bill also. Review the monthly bills from your lawyer and regularly evaluate the cost.
- Have realistic expectations. You will NOT get everything you want. Understanding the possible/likely outcomes will avoid disappointment and stress.
- Seek assistance from appropriate sources. Divorce is emotionally difficult. Do not go through it alone. Counselors, friends, family, clergy, support groups, and your lawyer can all be sources of comfort.
- Focus on moving on. The end of a relationship is hard. But you will now enter a whole new phase of your life. Look forward and make that life as healthy and happy as possible.
- If children are involved, try to make the process as comfortable as possible for them. Almost always, what helps the children will also help the parents.
The end of a marriage is hard enough. I can help you navigate the legal, financial, and emotional worries to achieve a fair and less stressful result.
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