When Should I Talk to an Attorney About Divorce?
Divorces are emotionally difficult, and the decision to proceed with a divorce can be excruciating. Absent physical or mental abuse, whether or not to terminate your marriage is not, in my opinion, something that an attorney is necessarily qualified to assist you with. The health of your relationship with your spouse is a matter that is between you and your spouse, and ONLY you and your spouse.
However, if you or your spouse is even considering ending your marriage, talking to a family law attorney early in your decision-making process can be invaluable. Such advice will be useful should you ultimately decide that ending the marriage is the right decision. An attorney can provide advice on how to approach the initial division of property, such as bank accounts. An attorney can advise as to how to approach the issue of child custody and child support. And an attorney can also help you navigate the logistical details of starting a physical separation from your spouse.
By obtaining this advice early on, you will be better prepared for the divorce process should you or your spouse make the decision to end your marriage. Having this knowledge early on may free you from some of the worry about how to initially deal with the above issues and, instead, allow you to focus your thoughts on the most important issue–your relationship with your spouse.
The decision to terminate your marriage is rarely easy. But consulting with a family law attorney early in the decision-making process can help you make the most informed decision possible and prepare you for what lies ahead.