Preparing for divorce may seem like a difficult and overwhelming task,
but preparation is key to keeping your sanity and ensuring that the process
goes smoothly. At McKinley Irvin, our Washington divorce lawyers understand
the concerns people have when beginning the divorce process, and we make
sure to help our clients thoroughly prepare for their legal journeys ahead.
As a firm that has worked with many clients throughout the years, we've
compiled a list of tips to help prepare you for the divorce process.
Know What to Expect
If you are considering divorce, it is always a wise decision to understand
what you can expect. Learning about your state's divorce laws is helpful
and understanding what other issues you may encounter is also recommended.
If you have children, for instance, child custody and child support will
be a significant part of the process. See our
Guide to Getting a Divorce in Washington State for a thorough overview of the divorce process.
Know That Divorce is Different for Everyone
Talking with friends or family members who have been through divorce can
be beneficial, but be sure to take any "advice" with a grain
of salt. Divorce is different for everyone and the process will always
involve unique circumstances.
Be Careful About Your Behavior
Divorce can be a trying and emotionally turbulent time. When preparing
for divorce, always be careful of behavior that may reflect badly on you,
as it may affect family law decisions should your divorce proceed to litigation.
be very careful about your social media postings and electronic communications. Dealing with anger and hostility is tough,
but it will make the divorce process run much more smoothly.
Talk to Your Children
Divorce doesn't just affect you and your spouse, so be sure to speak
with your children openly about the process. Experts recommend to make
sure that children understand divorce is not a bad thing or their fault
and to make it clear that you will always be there for them. Refrain from
giving them details about your marital problems or disparaging your spouse
in front of them. See our post on
telling your children about divorce for more detailed information.
Consult a Divorce Lawyer
The best possible thing you can do when preparing for divorce is to consult
a lawyer. Experienced divorce attorneys at McKinley Irvin always make
sure to answer and address all questions and concerns our clients may
have. We also help clients understand and protect their rights and provide
personalized, step-by-step assistance as they navigate the divorce process.
If you are beginning the divorce process and would like to know more about
your rights, what to expect, and how our legal team can help, we invite you to
contact us for a consult.
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