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When you got married, you planned to spend the rest of your life with your spouse. However, circumstances have changed, and now you find yourself going through a divorce. A divorce is a rare situation where you both need to deal with incredibly challenging emotional fallout and make smart legal decisions at the same time. That’s why you need a great lawyer, such as one from Merchant Law Firm, on your team.

Your divorce could happen for many different reasons. Maybe your spouse was abusive, or unfaithful. Maybe they lied about something important. Maybe your relationship has evolved in a way that has left you good friends, but not good romantic partners. Your divorce will be just as unique as your relationship and your situation. That’s why your lawyer will get to know you first, before recommending a plan of action.

No matter what the situation, it’s essential for you to have a lawyer on your side. Even if you and your soon to be former spouse are on great terms, you each need someone to advocate for your best interest. When you have a great lawyer looking out for you, you can be confident that you’ll be able to move forward in your life successfully after the divorce.

Next Steps

Whether you or your spouse was the one to initiate the divorce, it can be a confusing process. You need to determine whether you’ll have a contested or uncontested divorce. That usually depends on whether you and your former partner are able to agree on two important things.

What Will Happen to the Children?

If you and your partner share children, you need to prioritize their well-being. That means both their custody and financial support. In most cases, one parent has primary custody and the other has visitation. Unless there has been abuse or other extenuating circumstances, the courts will usually aim to give children equal access to both of their children. It’s best if you are able to come up with a co-parenting plan, so that you can make the divorce as easy as possible on your children.

The parent who does not have primary custody will almost always owe child support. This is money that is for the benefit of the children, to ensure that their quality of life does not change when their parents’ marriage ends. The amount of the child support depends on many factors, and will be determined by the court.

What Will Happen to the Assets?

Over the course of your marriage, you and your former spouse probably accumulated shared assets, such as real estate and retirement accounts. When you divorce, these assets will need to be divided in a way that supports both of you going forward. In some cases, annulment will also be awarded to the lower-earning spouse. Determining the division of assets can be very confusing, especially if you have been married a long time. That’s why you need a great lawyer, like one from Merchant Law Firm, on your side. Give us a call today to learn how we can help you.