Divorce has become so common that many may think it is an easy process. While some divorces are easier than others, the fact remains that many marriage dissolutions are emotionally tough and legally complex. With that in mind, it may be helpful for Arizonans to consider a few things before they take the plunge and file for divorce so that when they do file, the process may be easier for them.
One issue a potential divorcing party may want to consider is child custody. In many instances, joint custody is granted, meaning each parent will share physical time with their child. This can be difficult for some parents, but it is important to recognize what is best for the child and to fight for those interests.
Those considering divorce should also think about their financial situation. There is a lot to consider here, and it can include creating a post-divorce budget, seeking child support and alimony, discovering all assets and debts held by the parties involved, and adequately devising a property division agreement. A family law attorney can help with much of this, including discovering and valuing marital assets as well as fighting for a suitable amount of alimony.
On a personal level, those going through a divorce should find a support group. By having people around who understand the difficulties of divorce and the emotions involved, a divorcing party can have an outlet through which to vent. This type of support can help an individual get through such a difficult time.
The end of a marriage can be a time fraught with emotions a financial fright. To help calm things down and to provide clarity regarding divorce legal issues, those considering divorce should speak with a legal professional. He or she can be a valuable guide by providing legal advice and acting as an advocate for the party's best interests.
Source: WTXL TV, "14 Things You Need To Know About Divorce in 2014," Henry Gornbein, Feb. 13, 2014