Divorce Tips: Dos and Don'ts
By John Anthony Ward on December 03, 2019
Most marriages start off feeling like a fairytale, but many couples don’t get their happy ending, at least not with each other. Divorces can be contentious and highly emotional, which adds to the stress of settling important matters like division of assets, child custody, and spousal support.
Divorce attorney John Anthony Ward works hard to make the divorce process as smooth as possible for our Kenosha, WI, clients, while fighting to obtain a settlement that looks out for their best interests. Individuals who are going through a divorce, or considering one, should keep these divorce dos and don’ts in mind.
Do Hire a Knowledgeable Divorce Attorney
The single most important “do” when going through a divorce is hiring a knowledgeable attorney to advocate on your behalf. It is equally important that the attorney have specific knowledge of family and divorce law. An attorney with knowledge of the law and familiarity with how court proceedings work will relieve stress and pressure from your shoulders and make the entire divorce process much easier.
Aside from the practical benefits of an attorney, there are also emotional benefits to consider. It is difficult not to be emotionally invested when going through divorce proceedings. Unfortunately, emotions don’t really have a place in divorce court, and an outburst could even weaken your case. A divorce attorney is able to keep feelings out of the proceedings and act as a buffer between you and your soon-to-be ex.
Do Maintain All Appointments
Divorce proceedings can be stressful and few people looking forward to facing their spouse in court. However, it is vital to maintain all court appointments, and to show up on time. The court only knows what is presented to them, so we urge our Kenosha clients to arrive to appointments early, dress in appropriate attire, and be ready to present themselves in a mature manner.
Do Budget Appropriately
With so many issues that are involved in a divorce, many forget to focus on their current finances. A divorce can be an expensive process. For many, expenses are incurred while making the transition from a two-income household to one. It is important to examine your current financial situation, create a budget, and stick to it.
Don’t Take Things Personally
This may be the hardest tip on the list, because divorce is a very personal matter. However, it is important to avoid taking things personally in court. Court proceedings should remain as formal as possible. Additionally, refrain from making things personal for any children that are involved. Do not talk badly of your spouse in front of your children, and do not make them your confidant throughout divorce proceedings. Having a support group that you can vent to when necessary can make it much easier to keep emotions out of court and away from children.
Don’t Sacrifice Your Needs
It is important not to add extra tension to court proceedings by making everything a personal argument, but that doesn’t mean you should be a martyr. Attorney John Anthony Ward urges our Kenosha clients to fight for what they need in a divorce. A divorce should not prevent someone from maintaining a certain standard of living. We work hard to reach a settlement that meets our client’s needs and allows them to continue to live comfortably. Each situation is unique, but people should not hesitate to ask for their share of the marriage assets, as well as child and spousal support.
If you are going through a divorce, the assistance of a knowledgeable divorce attorney can be invaluable. If you’d like to learn more about our legal services, call (262) 654-8868 to schedule a consultation with John Anthony Ward as soon as possible.
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