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Coping With Legal Issues During Divorce

If you are in the process of a divorce, you will deal with and cope with legal issues.  Following are key points to assist you in coping with those legal issues:

1. Educate yourself.  It is wise to educate yourself in regard to the rules and laws pertaining to divorce in your state of residence. Valuable information is available via the internet, your local library, from your attorney and talking to others who have gone through a divorce. Do not place too much weight on what your "friend" got in their divorce.  Use good judgment when sifting through what all you learn and trusted sources. 2. Find the right attorney.  Divorce is a formal legal process, and people going through divorce are wise to hire a state-licensed attorney who specializes in divorce.  Kentucky does not recognize specialties, however it is apparent that some attorneys spend much more time dealing with divorces than others.  While an attorneys service are not inexpensive, attorneys are in the best position to advise divorcing people how best to navigate the divorce process while advocating for their rights. 3. Do your homework.  Get a head start on the process by getting documents related to marital property, income taxes and debts together as soon as possible.  Your attorney may suggesting having real estate and other property such as boats, jewelry and automobiles appraised. Your preparation will save significant amounts of legal fees. 4. Construct a specific plan.  To avoid the pitfalls of going to court, try to work out a settlement with your spouse.  Determine if you can come to an agreement on such things as property division, splitting debts, spousal support and child custody.  Jointly determine and try to agree where the child will live, who will care for the child the majority of the time, how visitation will be arranged and how conflicts will be negotiated. A judge is more likely to endorse a detailed custody agreement. 5. Be civil and polite.  Honesty, civility and politeness are important. Character is defined by the way we handle ourselves in stressful situations. Hold yourself to high standards as far as your conduct and do not let your spouse bring down your ethics; especially if there are children involved. Always show respect for the mother/father of your children. In addition, if you have to go to court, being honest and on your best behavior will expedite the process and enhance the court's opinion of you as a responsible, reliable adult. An opinion, which may prove critical, should the court step in to impose a decision regarding custody or property division. If you are going through a divorce in Northern Kentucky and need to speak with legal counsel, contact Michael Bouldin at [email protected] or call 859-581-6453.

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