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What to consider before getting a divorce

| Feb 18, 2019 | Divorce |

Each year, about two million couples in Connecticut and throughout the country get divorced. Therefore, it may be a good idea to plan for one happening even if it is something that people generally like to avoid. Preparing for a divorce ahead of time allows a person to determine if it is in their best interest to proceed with one. It can also help a person account for the time and money that need to be spent pursuing the end of a marriage.

Parents will need to determine how they will raise their children after their relationship ends. While the law generally prefers to see parents split custody evenly, this is not always the best plan. It is important to consider what life after the divorce will look like financially. Although it seems tempting to keep the marital home, it might not always be the best idea to do so.

It is also important to have a plan to deal with the emotional implications of a divorce. Don’t treat a divorce attorney as a therapist as he or she is only there to provide legal advice. It is important to close all joint bank or credit card accounts as quickly as possible. Gathering financial and other statements may make it easier to finalize a divorce in less time.

There may be many issues that need to be resolved during divorce settlement talks. Individuals who are organized and have a team of advisers may have an advantage when it comes to getting a favorable settlement. This is because an advisement team may help a person keep his or her emotions in check throughout the process of negotiations. A favorable settlement may include a larger share of marital property, spousal support or other financial assistance.

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