Divorce Process & Strategy
If you’re thinking about getting a divorce, you may be wondering what’s involved in the process. Although the details vary based on your unique situation, the basic divorce process stays about the same. Here’s a brief overview and a few tips to help you along the way.
Choose the Right Attorney for Your Divorce Process
For best results, you need an attorney experienced with divorce and family law in Georgia. Additionally, you need a professional who feels compatible on a personal level. Remember, your attorney is going to be guiding you through the divorce process, and you want someone who makes you feel comfortable.
To ensure you’re on the same page, consider scheduling a consultation or having a phone call where you can discuss the objectives of your case. For instance, if you want an amicable outcome, you need a divorce attorney who’s willing to collaborate with your ex’s attorney. In contrast, if you’re anticipating a “fight”, you want an attorney who’s ready to draw hard lines and stick to their guns through any divorce process challenge.
Avoid Common Mistakes
A divorce changes your family just as much as getting married or having a child does, and you should work through the divorce process with that in mind. For best results, you may want to try to avoid these common mistakes:
1. Letting emotions cloud judgment
Ideally, you shouldn’t let anger or other emotions lead you toward the wrong decisions. A quality attorney can give you perspective and help to ensure you’re acting with your family’s long-term interests in mind.
2. Not hiring a divorce attorney
Even if your split is friendly, you should get professional support to help you through the divorce process. No matter what the circumstance of your divorce, feelings will come into play. Although we do our best emotions can get the better of our judgment. You need a divorce attorney who has a proven track record of handling divorce proceedings and walking clients through the divorce process.
3. Agreeing to the first offer
There’s a lot to consider when you’re transitioning through a divorce. You need to think about what’s best for your children, your business, and yourself. You should consider the financial reality of your new situation, how taxes come into play, and multiple other elements. Often, the first offer doesn’t take these items into account, so you may want to consult with an attorney to be on the safe side.
Don’t Always Take the Most Aggressive Attorney
In some situations, you need to fight for your rights. Being aggressive is not always the best way to approach the divorce process. This can be emotionally exhausting. If you have children, too much aggression damages their mental health. Ideally, you need an attorney who can help to keep things civil, while also ensuring you come to the best agreement for your situation.
Consider a Collaborative Approach
Divorce doesn’t have to be bitter or angry. In some situations, you may be able to collaborate with your ex to find a mutually beneficial arrangement for everyone involved. When you’re supported by a neutral team of professionals, they can help you figure out what’s best from a financial, emotional, and logistical perspective. With this approach, you don’t necessarily have to see the inside of a courtroom. You can work out the issues with your attorney, your ex, and their attorney in negotiations.
To learn more about the divorce process or to get started, contact Daniele Johnson and Associates today. We put excellence to work for you.
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