What once seemed like it would last forever is now coming to an end. Coming to the decision to get a divorce is not easy, but if you and your spouse have decided that is better for both of you – and your children, if you have any – to end your marriage, then a divorce is clearly the best option for all involved.
Though this time in your life can be emotionally taxing, with the help of a family attorney who specializes in divorce, this difficult time can be made a bit easier to bear.
Here's a look at four ways a divorce attorney can help to make the journey down the bumpy path of divorce a bit smoother.
- Explain the Law. There are certain laws that need to be abided by when filing for a divorce, and these laws differ from state to state. A family attorney will be knowledgeable in the divorce laws that apply to your state and will be able to explain those laws to you so that you completely understand how they work. Having a full understanding of the laws that apply to divorce in your state can make the process easier and quicker.
- Determine What You're Entitled To. Upon getting a divorce, you may be entitled to certain benefits from your spouse. For example, if you have been married for a specific amount of time, you may be entitle to receive a percentage of their pension; or, if you make significantly more than your spouse, they may be entitled to receive alimony. With the help of a family lawyer who specializes in divorce, you will be able to find out exactly what you are entitled to.
- Assistance with Marital Debts. Do you and your spouse own a house? Is the mortgage in both of your names? Does your husband owe money on a credit card, but both of your names are on the card? If so, though your spouse may be the one who put charges on the credit card, you may be held responsible for paying those charges if your spouse fails to make payments. With the help of an attorney, you can learn how to protect yourself from your spouse's financial obligations.
- Assistance with Custody Arrangements. If you have children together, you will have to decide on a custody arrangement. Will the children live with one of you full-time and visit the other parent on certain days? Will you have shared custody? These are things that a family lawyer can help you figure out.
With the help of a family attorney like Souders Law Group who specializes in divorce, you can get through this difficult time in your life a bit quicker and a bit easier.