thinking_about_divorceIt’s unfortunate, but it happens. On the day you got married, the last thing on your mind was the prospect of divorce, but circumstances can change. If yours have, and you’re now in a place where you’re thinking that divorce might be your best option, the first, pivotal question that comes to mind is, “are there children involved?”

If there are, then the matter of custody is likely to be front and center in the divorce proceedings. In order to maximize your chances of maintaining custody, you’re going to need to demonstrate to the court that you are the superior parent. It’s important to begin keeping a journal of the various things you do with your children, be sure that this documentation is supported by witnesses, and they can support your contention that you are the superior parent.

If there are no children involved, the process is perhaps not easier, but at least less complex. You’re still going to want to make sure that you get your fair share of any marital property there might be, and that you don’t get stuck holding the bag where debts are concerned.

Good record keeping is a must here, and the two of you should begin the process of separating your finances as soon as it becomes apparent that a divorce is in your future. Also, don’t discount the professional advice of a lawyer. Our office offers free consultations, and can help you map out a general plan of action, and make sure you don’t miss any important details.

Divorces, even under the best of circumstances are emotionally draining and can be unpleasant. Don’t try to go it alone. Even if you and your soon-to-be-ex begin the process amicably enough, sooner or later, there’s bound to be some issues involved. It’s just human nature. Having a lawyer to talk to can help ensure that you make all decisions relating to the divorce with a clear head.