Divorce Basics


While every divorce is different, there are three basic traits you should understand when contemplating divorce.

Read and Understand
Read and understand everything prepared and filed on your behalf or on behalf of your spouse.  In divorce cases, it is not uncommon for a settlement agreement or other document to be revised several times after receiving input from both spouses and their attorneys. It is critical you review and understand each draft and speak to your attorney for further explanation if you are unsure of the overall content or even a single paragraph. Similarly, avoid signing any document unless you are sure you understand each provision.

Court cases of all kinds, including divorces, come with strict deadlines for filing papers and providing copies of documents. Even with your busy work and child-related schedules, it is important to keep track of all divorce deadlines and make certain you are turning in all documents on time. If you find you cannot meet a deadline, or an illness or other family emergency caused you to miss a deadline, be certain to contact your attorney as soon as you realize there is a problem. Depending on the specific circumstances, your attorney may be able to obtain a deadline extension on your behalf.

Whether you ultimately attempt to reconcile your marriage, enter into mediation or go to trial, the divorce process can be nothing short of an emotional rollercoaster.  The American Institute of Stress lists divorce as the second greatest life stressor, with only the death of a spouse ranking higher. That level of stress makes it important for every person facing the end of their marriage to consider speaking to a trained counselor or therapist throughout the divorce process.

If you are thinking about getting divorced, it is important to speak to a divorce attorney as soon as possible. The team of family lawyers at Pollock Begg Komar Glasser & Vertz LLC, are ready to help you develop a strategy to best protect your interests.

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