With the new year just taking off, the resolutions and "fresh starts" have begun. In Colorado, people are hitting the gyms, ordering the latest weight loss program. Some of them are even filing for divorce. For those in the family law business, this is one of the busiest times of the year. There are a few steps to help those who are filing for a divorce or are on the receiving end of the divorce.
Try to set what the objectives of the divorce are. Figure out who will keep the family home or if it will be sold. How will the custody of the children be handled? Will one parent have primary custody or will the two parties have joint custody? As for any children of the marriage, their best interest is typically the most important thing for both parties.
One of the hardest issues during a divorce can be finances. When filing for a divorce, try to have all financial accounts pulled together. Retirement accounts, checking accounts, savings accounts and any prenuptial or postnuptial agreements. It is advisable to do research about a divorce, know the proceedings and understand that no two divorces are alike. Consult with individuals who know the process, research online, and come up with questions that can help advance the expectations of the parties.
The social norm has changed over the years, and it is best to never assume anything when filing for a divorce. Family law firms in Colorado know all to well that the "economic balance" has shifted and the new year is already starting off with many divorces. This fresh start may be just what some individuals need to have a new go at life.
Source: The Charlotte Observer, Resolved to divorce?, Nicole H. Sodoma, Jan. 12, 2014