If you believe that divorce is your best option at this point in your relationship, then you may have some questions concerning the divorce process. At first, it may seem like a daunting task. However, by asking a few questions and hiring an experienced attorney, you may mitigate your stress significantly. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the divorce process:
When considering filing for divorce, what is the first thing I should do?
The first thing you should do is ask yourself if you are ready. This is not a decision to make in the heat of the moment. Once you begin the divorce process, you will have to do a significant amount of paperwork for a process that may take longer than you think, especially if you end up having to go through litigations with your spouse. This does not mean that you should doubt yourself in any way, shape, or form. All it means is that you must be aware of what you are getting into and have a certain amount of confidence in your decision.
What documents will I need to provide to start the divorce process?
Once you have decided to begin the divorce process, you and your spouse will be required to submit several sensitive financial documents. This is so the court can fully understand how your marriage operates financially when it comes time to divvy your assets. Some of the documents you may be required to submit are: credit card statements, W-2 forms, pay stubs, trusts, mortgages, bank statements and more. While you are organizing and collecting this information, it is also important you calculate what your financial situation will look like after you move out or are living on your own. You need to have a financial plan.
Is there more than one way to get a divorce?
The divorce process may be broken down into three different categories: litigation, arbitration, and mediation. It is generally best to avoid litigation if at all possible. If you and your spouse cannot come to an agreement on your own, you should consider hiring a mediator or arbitrator. If you hire a mediator, you are essentially appointing a neutral third party who will facilitate discussion regarding your divorce terms. Generally, through this neutral, emotionally-discharged environment, couples are able to sort out their wishes in a logical and civil manner. The same goal is true for arbitration, though there is generally more than one arbitrator. Basically, each spouse appoints an arbitrator, those arbitrators appoint a third arbitrator, and after hearing both of your wishes, they then vote on the terms of your divorce. Both mediation and arbitration may help ease some of the emotional burdens you, your spouse, and your children may feel during the divorce process, so you should take this into consideration when deciding which route to take.
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