What needs to be determined before my divorce becomes final?

As a father seeking to end your marriage, you likely have concerns not only about the divorce process, but also related to continuing your relationship with your children.  As with any divorce, you and your partner must agree upon the terms of your divorce for it to move forward. To end your marriage with your rights in mind, the two of you must agree on the basics.

  • Division of marital property: You and your spouse must agree on who gets what following your divorce. Real estate, retirement benefits, savings, even debts…how will you divide them?
  • Child custody: Often, an extremely difficult part of closing the chapter of your marriage is agreeing to the physical and legal custody of your children. Until this is decided, the court will not grant your divorce. Though laws may be gender neutral, be sure to understand your rights as a father before finalizing your divorce, and your custody agreement – mistakes can be costly.
  • Child support: After custody is determined, you must agree to the terms of your child support. With your overall assets, employment status, number and ages of your children considered, realize your financial situation will likely change greatly post-divorce.
  • Spousal support: In some cases, one spouse may continue to contribute to an ex following a divorce. How open are you to negotiation?

Divorce can be an emotionally-charged process which is often complicated and may take time to understand. Often, divorce proceedings continue due to a lack of understanding or unwillingness to agree on settlement terms.

Consider what you will, and equally important, what you won’t accept before agreeing to the terms of your divorce. Representation may help you hold on to what, and who, is truly important to you when your marriage has ended.

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