18 Apr There’s Still Time to Rethink Your Divorce
Divorce has significant consequences for every family. You and your spouse may not be getting along, and you think about how much happier you could be without each other. But are you being realistic about the consequences; here are a few things to consider:
- Legal Separation or Divorce. There are situations where husband and wife will be better and more comfortable living separately, but still married. If you are not sure whether you are ready for a divorce or a legal separation, file for legal separation first–you can change your mind later.
- Lifestyle Changes. Think about the economics of dividing households and how things are going to change during and after the divorce. Will you be able to support yourself and your children?
- Your Children. Who will have custody of the kids—will you share custody in your parenting plan? If you decide to end the marriage, be ready to accept that you may lose them to the other parent, and you will have to maintain a civil relationship with your spouse in order to raise your children. Helping your kids adjust to the reality of the new family is your first priority.
- Talk to a professional marriage counselor or other professional. You owe it to yourselves and your family to invest in professional counseling. An outside intervention often helps couples make behavior changes that will help save their relationships—but marriage counseling will only work if both parties are committed to this effort.
If you decide to get a divorce and agree on how to divide property and care for your children, California Document Preparers can help you with your Uncontested Divorce. Contact one of our three Bay Area offices today