Whether you are the one that filed for the divorce or not, divorce can
be emotional, stressful and confusing for you and the entire family. At
the Law Offices of Janet L. Mertes, we understand the anxiety and frustration
you must feel during this time which is why our experienced Ventura divorce
attorney has compiled a list of 5 things to consider before finalizing
1.Don’t Try to “Win” Your Case
We understand you may be upset about what your spouse did or did not do
during your marriage, but we implore you to understand you are not trying
to “beat” your spouse. When we try to untangle the lives of
two people who have been together for many years, there are seldom winners.
Divorce generally involves issues such as
child custody, spousal support, and
property division. Instead, approach your divorce as a collaborative project our compassionate
Ventura divorce attorney is guiding you and your spouse through.
2.Remember Your Kids Aren’t Divorcing Your Spouse
Just think, if you are having emotional trouble through your divorce, you
children are likely also struggling. While we understand you may be upset
with your spouse, they are still a parent to your children. Try to refrain
from saying hurtful things about your spouse in front of your children.
Divorce can be a significant change for your children, which is why we
highly suggest you and your spouse develop a plan for how you expect to
manage their lives. Will they be able to remain at the same school? What
about staying in the same house? If you and your spouse find it difficult
to get along during these discussions, our qualified family law attorney
can be a neutral third party.
3.Develop a Plan
If you and your spouse are considering legal separation or divorce, you
should consult an experienced Ventura divorce attorney to help you devise
a plan on how you plan to split custody, raise the children, and divide
property. Together we can help you develop a short term and long term plan.
4.Consider Your Finances
You may also want to discuss the financial impact you divorce may have
on your assets with your attorney. Common assets to consider:
- Insurance Coverages (Medical and Life Insurance)
- Your Credit Score
- Bank Accounts
- Property and Other Assets
5.Be Honest With Your Attorney
In order for our attorney to provide you with the best legal solutions
for your divorce, it is imperative you provide us with all of the facts.
Never try to hide assets from the judge or your attorney, eventually,
they will come out in the end. Disclose all information regarding your
income, assets and debts. Judges could impose serious penalties to spouses
who purposely hide or alter information.
Let Us Help You
Law Offices of Janet L. Mertes, we are deeply invested in providing every single one of our clients with
a personalized strategic legal guide to navigating them through their
divorce. Our compassionate Ventura divorce lawyer can help you move forward.
Call today to schedule a free consultation.