Legal Tips for Getting a Divorce

Divorce is a painful process, but there are certain things couples can do to make a difficult experience run as smoothly as possible.

  1. Prepare for the divorce. The best way to make sure your divorce goes as smoothly as possible is to be prepared for the process. This includes knowing what to expect regarding child custody and child support decisions, and how to protect your separate property and assets.
  2. Maintain a healthy relationship with your children. Your children will undoubtedly suffer the consequences of your divorce16028472885_f4cecd4054_b more than anyone. Avoiding bitterness and battles over custody and visitation time will help ensure that you and your spouse maintain and continue a healthy relationship with your kids.
  3. Educate yourself regarding the tax consequences of a divorce. The last thing many people think about when they divorce are the tax implications it will have. But knowing who is filing what and how they’re claiming certain deductions can save a lot of money (and conflict) in the long run.
  4. Keep clear of social media. All too often, divorcing spouses vent their frustration on sites like Facebook and Twitter, but this is almost never a good idea. Rule of thumb: you might not want to post everything that is going on with your divorce via social media. Even seemingly harmless updates can come back to bite you on social media, so it is usually best to resist the temptation to post anything about your divorce.
  5. Know what to do once the divorce is final. Just because the papers have been signed, doesn’t mean the hard work is done. You may still have issues with separating your marital property, and determining and adjusting spousal support, child support, and custody and visitation.

The best advice regarding your divorce will come from an experienced divorce attorney familiar with your case. For practical legal advice regarding legal separation and divorce, contact a family law attorney at O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson Foss online or call 701-235-8000 (toll-free 877-235-8000) today.

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