Divorce can be tricky. It comes with stress, changes, and that sticky legal side. There are some things you should keep in mind when starting the divorce process. These tips will help you get through what can be a very emotional time.
The Legal Side
When interacting with your attorney, honesty is the best policy. An attorney can’t be effective if he doesn’t know all the details. If your attorney hears negative information for the first time at the trial, he won’t have the preparation necessary to combat it. Communication is key for both sides. You want to feel comfortable enough to ask questions to get divorce law answers. Simultaneously, you need to be willing to share. Let your attorney know about your marriage, your relationship before your marriage, parenting—everything that could impact the trial.
Divorce is inherently stressful. Of course, it varies depending on how hostile the situation is, but no matter what, divorce is a major life change. You may also have the added stress of dealing with things like custody battles. To get you through this tough time, lean on a support network. You should also consider going to an outside counselor to deal with this change in your life.
Waiting and Waiting
Don’t go into a divorce thinking you will get in and out easily. Divorces are occasionally quick, but more often than not they are a lengthy process. Many divorces aren’t finalized for 6 to 12 months, so be sure to prepare for that possibility. This will help you more easily get through the inevitable waiting.