A plethora of issues can potentially lead to a divorce, but the process of dissolving the marriage itself is not without its own issues, both financial and emotional. Everyone is, of course, unique in their own ways, but some issues simply so prevalent under these circumstances that most divorcing spouses will encounter them.
Below is a list of some of the most common issues you can potentially face throughout the course of your divorce as well as some suggestions on how to deal with them:
- Not knowing how to move on: On the emotional side of things, it can often be difficult to understand how to move forward, especially while in the midst of a divorce, when the marriage is unofficially over and you remain in a sort of limbo as you hash out a divorce settlement or go through litigation. This can take you through a roller coaster of emotions that can potentially impact other critical aspects of your divorce, so if you are feeling lost and unsure of how to cope, consider seeking therapy or try confiding in a close friend or family member. Allowing your emotions to get the best of you while you are trying to make important decisions will only do you more harm.
- Alimony: Oftentimes, one spouse is awarded alimony, or spousal support as it is sometimes known. Needless to say, it is a majorly contentious issue that can cause some problems during a divorce. If you believe you are entitled to spousal support, it would be wise to start out by writing a budget of your monthly expenses and, if you are not able to meet them, it support might be necessary. Remember, support can either be permanent, long-term, or arranged for a very limited time until a spouse is able to manage his or her expenses without this assistance.
- Custody and parenting time: Nothing is more important to parents than their children, so the issue of custody is often a major bump in the road. Most, if not all the time, some form of joint custody is ordered since courts believe this generally serves the best interests of the children. As such, most of your issues and disagreements will be nestled in the details, such as who will be the primary custodial parent and how often the other is able to visit with his or her children. Only in very rare cases, where a child’s safety and well-being are in question, will a parent be denied any kind of custody or visitation rights.
- Child support: This is one of the less heated issues divorcing spouses will face during the divorce process. It is awarded to the primary custodial parent to lessen the financial burden he or she might take upon by caring for the children and is based on the income of each spouse as well as the court-ordered parenting time schedule.
Family Law Attorneys in Okaloosa County
Divorce and other family law matters can cause a lot of stress, especially if you are attempting to tackle these issues on your own. Instead of fielding your way through it, seek the skilled legal guidance of a family law attorney. At Chesser & Barr, P.A., our experienced family law attorneys are here to provide exceptional legal assistance and guidance to get you through this emotional process while protecting your interests.
Get started on your case today and call us at (850) 610-7471 to schedule your initial consultation with a divorce attorney to learn about your options.