Speak With an Attorney Before You Ask for a Divorce
Posted on Jan 14, 2010 9:00am PST
If you are considering filing for
divorce, it's a good idea to speak with an attorney before you discuss the
divorce with your spouse. There are several things that could cause problems
if you proceed with divorce arrangements before actually speaking with
an attorney, such as:
When one spouse learns the other wants to file for divorce, someone is
likely to move out. However, moving out may compromise a person's
rights to the house.
A couple may begin dividing property, assets, investments, cash, etc. However,
there could be ramifications to this, as tax laws and property values
could affect the
equitable distribution of property, leaving one spouse with much less than the other.
If infidelity led to the divorce, the person engaged in the affair may
want to maintain his/her relationship or move in together. If this situation
sounds familiar, you should speak with an experienced divorce lawyer before
moving in. In fact, you may even want to refrain from dating until your
divorce has been finalized. Not only could this upset your former spouse,
making it difficult to resolve the divorce, but it could affect how parenting plans,
time sharing, and
alimony are resolved.
These types of repercussions aren't usually known by anyone other than
divorce lawyers, which is why it's best to consult an attorney before
asking for a divorce. If fact, consulting an attorney before you speak
to your spouse could make the difference between an amicable divorce with
fair outcomes or a
contested divorce that could take months, if not a year or longer to settle.
If you are interested in speaking with an experienced Jacksonville divorce
attorney, please feel free to contact Hutchinson Law today!