Divorce can be as sudden as it can be confusing, but that does not have to prevent
you from dealing with it on your terms. With proper preparation and some
general knowledge about the process, you can really start to understand
what is going on, and how you can uphold your best interests.
If you are facing a divorce, whether filed by you, your spouse, or both
of you, considering these 5 things can help you avoid unnecessary stress:
1. Spousal Support
One way or another, either you or your ex is going to require
spousal support payments to maintain a comfortable lifestyle after the divorce finalizes.
The court will typically consider who makes more, or who has the potential
to make more income, and grant alimony to the other spouse for a set period
of time. Try to talk to your spouse before the court gets involved to
determine a fair amount.
2. Property Division
The odds of you keeping everything that you shared with your spouse after
a divorce are slim to none. When
marital property is divided in California, it is often done equitably, or done in a way that gives
an equal amount of total property value to each spouse. Consider what
you really want to hang onto now and start forming your argument as to
why it should remain yours.
Child custody and
child support are grounds for frequent and heated debates between divorcing parents.
No one wants to think about having to spend time away from their kids,
but it may be necessary to keep the peace. Also, you need to think that
your children will probably not be as happy as they could be if they never
get to see your ex. If there is a middle ground, you need to find it for
There is not just
one way to dissolve a marriage. You might be headed towards an
uncontested divorce with little conflict, a
contested divorce with high stakes, or even
mediation, which utilizes a neutral legal party to sort matters out in the middle.
Preparing for the approach to your divorce is a key to your success.
5. Retaining an Attorney You Can Believe In
Family law disputes can get less-than-pretty if they are not handled by an experienced
and compassionate lawyer. At Hanson, Gorian, Bradford & Hanich, our
Murrieta divorce attorneys are always focused on your rights and needs,
but also on keeping things as stress-free as possible. In fact, Attorney
Danica Hanich is Board Certified in Family Law by the California Board
of Legal Specialization, highlighting her great ability to resolve even
the toughest disputes effectively and peacefully.
Would you like to work with our caring and knowledgeable team? Call 951.506.6654
today for a
free initial consultation.