Divorces are emotional and complicated, and the last thing you want is to settle your divorce and feel that you were not treated equitably. Each divorce is unique and there are many ways they can be exceptionally complicated such as adding family businesses, high net worth individuals, or complex support or alimony to the equation. Regardless of how complex your divorce is, one of the most important things you can do is consult with an experienced divorce attorney to help you through the process and ultimately get a fair divorce settlement.
In addition to consulting with an experienced professional, there are things you can do to prepare yourself. The following tips can help:
Be Knowledgeable of Finances. If you do not handle the household finances, you will need to learn about this topic before diving into your divorce settlement. This can include retirement accounts, property holdings, cash, debts, liabilities, in addition to other assets and income levels. If you do not know where to begin, consult with an experienced divorce attorney or a financial advisor to get started.
Develop a Parenting Plan. If there are children, having a custody agreement/parenting plan drafted can address many issues that can arise with the children when a divorce occurs. Who the primary caretaker is, the schedule for the child(ren) and you and your spouse, what school the child(ren) will attend, how the holidays will be divided, etc. are all items for which you will want to consider and plan.
Know the Laws in Your State. Every state has its own set of rules and statutes that affect a divorce settlement. These laws play a role in the awards of child support, spousal support, asset distribution, etc. Becoming familiar with these rules and statutes can help you set your expectations properly.
Prioritize Your Goals. Know what you want to get out of the divorce settlement and what is most important to you. For example, while some people might prioritize their children and child custody above everything else, others might consider money and property distribution their priority. Having thought through your priorities will put you and your divorce attorney on the right track to help you get an appropriate and equitable settlement.
The topic of divorce can be daunting, but it is comforting to know there are experienced professionals to help you every step of the way. Our lawyers have the experience to advise you on which course will resolve your divorce in the best manner possible, always in accord with the outcomes most important to you.
To learn more about what we can do to help you with your divorce settlement, contact us online or call our office in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at 412-261-4040.