5 Things to Understand About Divorce

Chris HobsonFamily LawAt Hobson & Hobson, P.C. in Marietta, Georgia, we help people get through family law issues. Divorce can seem overwhelming and complex to even think about. However, with preparation and knowledge on your side you can more easily work towards the best possible outcome for you and your family.

Here are some things our clients have learned while moving through the divorce process.

Divorce is a Process, Understand it and Move Through it Thoughtfully

Once two spouses have decided that they are going to get divorced, it can be easy to want to “just get it over with”. While you certainly do not want to unnecessarily prolong the process, moving through each step thoughtfully and carefully can save you a lot of trouble down the line. Living arrangements, financial issues and most importantly, any children involved all can require patience and thoughtful consideration. Making lists, taking notes or journalling your progress and challenges are all recommended.

After the Papers are Signed, the Real Work Begins

Most people think divorce is all about child custody, alimony and asset division. However, these are just the items that a family court expects you to have in line. The fact is, you may need to deal with a new job, new schools, a new daycare provider and a new place to live. Make sure you are keeping an accurate inventory of the issues that have been resolved and what still needs to be done.

Understand your living Expenses ASAP

Marriages where one spouse has a lot of information on finances and the other is relatively in the dark can be challenging. Through the divorce process, when making financial arrangements, you need to understand both your current finances, and what it’s going to take to live in your new situation. Financial literacy does not happen overnight; be prepared. A great first step is simply understanding your current financial situation. Do not overlook retirement accounts, savings accounts and credit cards.

Have a transition plan.

Take some time to make a realistic assessment about your new life after divorce. You may have new living arrangements, a different schedule and will likely have some financial issues to work through. You may be looking at re-entering the work force and finding a new job. For those with young children, sharing time requires co-ordination and consideration. You may be staying with a friend or relative temporarily, make sure you are clear on your expectations on the timeline and how day to day things like groceries and bills will be handled.

Having an experienced attorney on your side can make a huge difference

An attorney who has handled complex divorces and custody issues in the past can help you understand how the law applies to your situation, and your options for moving forward. An experienced family law attorney will be far more familiar with what it takes to get a divorce plan approved, uncover hidden assets and ensure that your divorce ends in the best possible outcome for you and your family. At Hobson & Hobson, P.C., we provide an initial consultation either over the phone or in our office. We invite you to call or email today so that we can answer your questions and help you understand the divorce process.


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