Making the decision to get divorced is difficult. Let’s face it, deciding to end your marriage and have your family live apart is not fun. There are considerations to take into account regarding your kids, your finances, and your property. Before you take the leap to file for divorce, it is worth taking a moment to reflect on your relationship and goals for the future, to see if the choice is right for you.
While everyone is different, there is a little bit of common ground when it comes to making the decision to file for divorce. Five questions you can ask yourself to help make this decision include:
- Am I emotionally ready to handle what could be a lengthy legal proceeding? Even in cases that are considered friendly, emotions play a role. If you are having a hard time dealing with “the end”, you can seek the help of a trained therapist or counselor, and doing so often times makes the emotional trauma associated with divorce much easier to process.
- What will my financial picture look like after divorce? It is nice to maintain your lifestyle, and if that is important you it will be important to have a sense of what your bank account will look like once the ink dries on your divorce decree.
- How do I know what documents I will need to show to an attorney? This one is tough, because until you sit down with a qualified family law professional you will not know what is needed for your case. However, a good starting place is with your most recent paystubs, banking account statements, car titles, and deeds to any real property you own separately or jointly with your spouse.
- Are my kids ready for their parents to be divorced? For some couples, a family discussion about what the future holds is helpful. If your kids are older, and have the maturity level to participate in this type of discussion, it can be beneficial when making a decision about divorce.
- Do I need to start saving emails, texts, and other things I consider to be evidence? Again, each case is different, and until you are able to talk things over with a competent attorney, you will not know what is needed. That said, it is always a good idea to keep a journal of things that have happened, even if it is only for your benefit. Sometimes writing down events helps to put them in perspective, and this in turn can help when making hard decisions.
It is also important that you partner with an attorney who focuses their practice on divorce and family law related issues. Our team of talented family law attorneys does just that; and is ready to discuss your case. Contact our office to schedule an appointment.
For more information about divorce, contact our office. Let us put our experience to work for you. Call The Sampair Group in Phoenix and the West Valley today to schedule your appointment.