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First Steps in Filing for Divorce
Whether you are considering or have decided aboutfiling for divorce, you need to figureout what is the healthiest option for you and your family.Between working through your emotions, talking about it with your family, planningyour future and meeting legal requirements, the divorce process can become complicated.
Find a Local Divorce Lawyer
Before getting too far in the divorce process, the first thing you may want to do is connectwith a local divorce lawyer.You may have considered do-it-yourself divorce to save money on attorney fees andcourtroom costs, but without the help of a divorce attorney familiar with divorce law, youmay be missing opportunities to protect your rights, family and property.Local divorce lawyers are familiar with divorce requirements and state divorce laws, soyou can learn how the cost, length or terms of your divorce could be affected. Make sureyou aren’t caught off guard when it comes to filing paper work or meeting deadlines.You may be considering holding out because you don’t think you can afford the legalfees associated with divorce. Depending on laws and your circumstances, divorcelawyers’ fees can vary. You can find out what you are expected to pay by talking to adivorce lawyer.It may also be possible for you to try some alternative dispute resolution options to savetime and money.
Alternative dispute resolution may be a possibility. If you and your spouse can work together long enough to figure out a divorce settlement, you may want to considerdivorce mediation, arbitration or collaborative divorce.In alternative dispute resolution, each spouse works with his or her divorce lawyer tonegotiate the terms of the divorce. You and your spouse will determine how to settleissues like alimony, property distribution, child custody, visitation and child support.Once a settlement is agreed upon, it will be submitted to the divorce court to be approvedas part of the final divorce decree.