Most people who are trying to determine whether they should get a divorce have some knowledge of divorce and what it entails, but, in most cases, this is secondhand knowledge. What they know might be from television shows, movies, from friends who have gone through divorce or perhaps from their parents’ experience. Unfortunately, knowing what to expect does not make the idea of one’s own divorce less daunting and stressful for Arizona couples.
Divorce is never entirely predictable, which is why it is important to know what divorce can actually do and what it cannot. Since satisfaction with the agreement reached at the end of the process goes hand-in-hand with realistic expectations, it is wise to have expectations that are in the realm of possibility. So, what are the things divorce can actually accomplish?
First, divorce will ensure the fair division of marital property. Depending on state laws, property division will differ, but, in all cases, the court will try to ensure an equitable, even if not necessarily equal, division of assets. It may be beneficial to ask your attorney to negotiate with the attorney representing your spouse if there is a specific item or piece of property about which you feel strongly in order to ensure that the item or property is included in your part of the settlement.
Divorce will also clearly outline both spouses’ support obligations. Closely linked to support is the matter of custody and visitation. Because every divorcing couple is unique, it is impossible to predict how the court will rule with regard to support, custody and visitation. However, the divorce process focuses decisions concerning a couple’s children on those children’s best interests. Getting attorneys involved in negotiations regarding the children is important as an agreed settlement satisfying both parties is in the best interest of all involved.
Arizona couples who are considering divorce have a lot of things about which to think as they go through the divorce process. As each couple’s situation is different, the guidance of an informed legal professional who is familiar with a couple’s situation may prove invaluable. Enlisting that professional’s service early in the process may help make the process faster and less costly.
Source: Findlaw, “What Is Divorce Good For?“, Accessed on April 22, 2015