My Spouse Just Asked for a Divorce. What Do I Do Now?
Whether this question completely blindsides you or it is something you have been sensing for a while, if your spouse has asked for a divorce, you are likely experiencing a variety of different emotions. It might not feel like it right now, but you are going to be okay, and you will get through this.
You will need some time to think this through and process your feelings. If you would like to try to work on the marriage, you will need to be as level-headed as possible. If your spouse is adamant about the divorce, you will also need to try to remain calm and clear-headed.
Are You Able to Communicate?
If you are both able to speak amicably, it may be a good idea to sit down together and go over a list of decisions depending on what will be involved in your divorce. This could be a custody and visitation schedule, as well as community property (who will stay in the home, who will be responsible for what bills, etc.) depending on what issues are involved.
Should I Hire My Own Lawyer?
You are not legally obligated to hire an attorney just because your spouse has one, however, it is always a good idea to seek your own legal counsel. No matter how simple you think your case may be, divorce matters can often be or become messy and complex quickly. If your finances are complex, there are high assets in play, or you are unable to agree to a custody/visitation schedule, then hiring an experienced family law attorney can help you navigate these issues.
For assistance with these issues, contact our office today to arrange for a free confidential divorce consultation. We’re here to protect your interests and advocate passionately on your behalf.