Key Questions You Should Ask Before Filing For Divorce

The decision to end a marriage is a difficult and often heartbreaking one. In addition to the emotional consequences, divorce brings with it a number of legal ramifications. Before you file, be sure you have pondered the answers to the following three questions.

Question 1: What Will Divorce Do To My Kids?

When an underage child or children are part of a family experiencing divorce, they will be at the center of a number of decisions their parents must make, including who will have physical and legal custody of them, and if a parent will receive financial support to assist in raising them. These decisions can be among the most difficult if both parents do not see eye to eye on these matters. Counsel from a divorce lawyer can help you discover strategies that will aid negotiations and court presentations.

Question 2: How Will A Divorce Affect My Personal Financial Situation?

Whether you are the primary breadwinner for your family or not, divorce can frequently create changes in your disposable income and your physical assets. It is critical for you to understand how your financial situation will change during and after the divorce.

At the Law Offices of Robert E. O'Connor, P.C., based in Media and serving Delaware County and surrounding areas, we can help you calculate the spousal and child support you may need or which you may be asked to pay, and provide you with a clear picture of how Pennsylvania's equitable distribution law may impact your personal belongings.

Question 3: Will My Spouse And I Be Able To Negotiate Our Divorce Amicably?

This question is perhaps the trickiest of the three to answer. Some couples begin their divorce peacefully and end in acrimony; for others, the reverse is true. From a financial and legal standpoint, the more quickly that you and your spouse can come to an agreement related to your divorce, with or without the assistance of an attorney, the more economical it will be for both of you.

Still Have Questions? We Can Help You Find The Answers.

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