Filing for divorce can be one of the most emotional, stressful, and difficult things you may face in your life. It’s not a decision that is made lightly and there are many things to consider as you move forward with the process. If you’re considering filing for divorce from your spouse, there are a few things that you need to know first.
Preparing To File for Divorce
One of the first things you need to do when filing for divorce is make sure that you or your spouse meet the residency requirements for your state and county. This is a small but important step in the process that can affect the divorce laws. In Arizona, you and your spouse must have lived in the state for 90 days. With children, it’s increased to 6 months before can you file.
You should also weigh your legal options. Hiring a divorce lawyer is one of the best ways to make sure everything is filed properly and that you are protected. Start researching lawyers and meet with them to find the right person for your case.
Remember What’s at Stake
Many married couples have a lot at stake when they file for divorce. How many assets you and your spouse have can affect how technical your divorce is. If you have children, you will need to consider custody and visitation rights as well.
Start by taking inventory of the assets you share with your spouse. This can include things like your home, your cars, as well as the loans and mortgages attached to them. You should also make note of any pensions, retirement plans, and savings you have as well. If you and your spouse own a business together, you will also need to collect documents about that as well.
Consider Your Children
Divorce is an emotionally taxing and stressful process and it can be easy to let it all get to you. If you have children with your spouse, it’s important to remind yourself that it’s you and your spouse who are getting divorced, not your kids. When discussing the situation in front of your children, consider your words carefully. Children are very perceptive to things happening around them and you should avoid saying anything mean or hurtful about your spouse around them.
Keep custody at the forefront of your mind– you will more than likely be sharing custody with your spouse. Carefully review your schedules and your obligations to help you come up with the best custody schedule for you and your children.
Remember – You’re Not Alone
Divorce can be incredibly painful and frustrating for everyone involved. Remember that you’re not alone in your situation. Finding a support system that you can rely on will help make the transition easier. If you are struggling to open up to family or friends, there are many support groups that can help you. Remember to take care of yourself as you go through the process.
If you’re looking for help with your divorce, contact Simon Law Group, PLLC, to find out about our family custody and divorce services.