If you are considering a divorce, you may be hesitating because you do not want to have the messy divorces you have seen your friends or others experience in real life. Divorces are often stressful and overwhelming. However, there are certain steps you can take to avoid a messy divorce in the state of Virginia. While divorce is not pleasant for either party, taking these steps may help you avoid some common challenges within the divorce process.
Make Certain of Your Feelings Before You File
Every marriage has arguments and really difficult times. Both parties can become frustrated and easily discouraged. In some cases, the situations are really bad and one person may feel that they need to remove themselves from the marriage through a divorce. However, not every terrible season of a marriage lasts forever. Once you give divorce papers to your spouse, any chance of reconciliation may diminish. You may regret your decision later, and it will be too late. Your spouse may feel anger due to the fact that you never afforded them the opportunity to truly work on the marriage first, which can result in a messy divorce. Before you file divorce paperwork, be absolutely certain of your feelings.
Finances are Just as Important as Emotions
You may want to file for divorce because of an emotional disappointment or anger. However, before you file for divorce make sure that you have adequately addressed your financial condition. Have you checked all of your bank accounts? Deposit boxes? Retirement accounts? Pensions? Properties? Safes? Other assets and debts? Make sure you know your financial position so that when you do file for divorce you are not making any situation messier than it needs to be.
Consider Your Children
Before you file divorce paperwork, take the time to seriously consider your deal-breakers regarding child custody and visitation issues. Once the divorce process starts, there will be many different decisions you have to make under pressure. However, if you take the time to think about what you truly want before the divorce paperwork is filed, it can help make sure that your divorce is less messy. Additionally, it is important to remember that the court will always look to see what is in the best interest of the child regarding child custody and visitation issues.
Living Arrangements During and After Your Divorce
Take the time to seriously consider where you will live during and after your divorce. It is typically recommended that you never leave your marital home until you have discussed that option with an attorney. Understanding exactly where you will live during and also after your divorce can help the entire process go much more smoothly.
Contact an Experienced Divorce Attorney
The most important way to avoid a messy divorce is to involve an experienced divorce attorney from the very start. An experienced family law attorney will be able to provide you with legal guidance to ensure your rights are protected while also avoiding a messy divorce in Virginia. Learn how our experienced divorce attorneys can help you today by calling our legal team at Select Law Partners at (540) 642-1766 or connecting with us online today.