Divorces are never easy however there are steps that can you can take to make the process smoother. Like most things in life, it’s always good to have a plan when deciding to divorce. Knowing what you’re getting into and how to prepare yourself is the key to a smooth divorce.
The first step is to hire a Salt Lake City Divorce Attorney. You may think you don’t need one or that you can handle it on your own, but having a lawyer on your side means knowing exactly what you’re entitled to and what your rights are. Schmidt and Gladstone Law Firms’ Stacy Schmidt has substantial experience in handling divorce cases in Salt Lake City. An experienced divorce attorney will know what to expect of the judges in your jurisdiction and should be able to use this knowledge to your advantage. Additionally, the attorney should practice primarily in the field of divorce law.
Open communication with your spouse is extremely important during the divorce process. The easiest way for a smooth divorce to turn ugly is through lying and deceit. Keep the communication open with your spouse and make sure you’re both on the same page. This will make it easier to get through the harder issues such as dividing property and custody decisions.
The next step is to take inventory of property, knowing exactly what you have and what belongs to who is an unfortunate necessity in any divorce. This is typically one of the harder parts of a divorce, however If you’ve kept open communication with your spouse then you should be able to get through this without any big bumps in the road. Disagreements do tend to occur frequently in this process which makes having a Salt Lake City Divorce Attorney a necessity so they can be there to assist you through this.
Next up are the finances, one of the most tenuous parts in any divorce. The leading cause of divorce in the United States is money issues, so this is one of the most contentious parts of any divorce. This is also when you’ll absolutely want an attorney on your side. Dividing debt, income and determining if alimony will be paid and how much is hard but with an attorney on your side it can be done fairly and amicably.
When it comes to custody, the best option is to always come to an agreement with your spouse that benefits the children. However, if an agreement cannot be reached, never go through this without a lawyer. You will want someone on your side that knows exactly what your rights are and will ensure that they are upheld every step of the way.
Divorces can get ugly and that cannot always be prevented, that’s why having an attorney on your side is always a good idea. It’s better to have an attorney and not need one, then to need an attorney and not have one. However, a fair and agreeable divorce can be achieved by communicating with your spouse openly and civilly.
Stacey Schmidt is the lead divorce attorney at Schmidt and Gladstone. For more information, please visit http://www.schmidtgladstone.com/.
Stacey Schmidt is lead council for the Schmidt & Gladstone Law Firm. For more information on divorce
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