When it comes to divorce, emotions understandably run very high.
Although divorcing spouses may desire to hurt or punish each other, that natural instinct seems to inevitably lead to a long, drawn-out and costly divorce.
Yet, how can upset spouses effectively control their strong emotions during what is often one of the most challenging times in their lives?
PLUS, how do spouses know and understand what a “fair” outcome actually is in their case?
Ask yourself: am I currently capable of making decisions during my divorce that are based on reason instead of emotion? Do I know what’s a fair outcome for me, given the facts in my case?
This is where utilizing the knowledge and counsel of a lawyer comes into play.
The lawyer can get past and be unaffected by the emotional aspect of the case and deliver a sound legal opinion, focused on identifying and attaining the best outcomes for the client.
Now, to be clear, this “emotion stuff” doesn’t just apply to women. Men, too, need find a way to be rational during a divorce.
For men, I most commonly find they, one, feel a sense of guilt about their role in the break up of the marriage or, two, don’t want the marriage to end and feel heartbroken.
In either case, these emotional men often give too much. Later, once the dust has settled and the emotions have subsided, they feel a sense of unfairness and remorse.
The end result: they’re forced to return to court years later, asking the judge to change one or more terms of their divorce decree.
Yet, that endeavor, of returning to court for a modification of the decree, is no cake walk. Unless the two sides agree to the changes, then it’s usually quite challenging and expensive to seek a modification.
So for those feeling that sense of guilt or heartbreak, do you see the importance and value of getting legal advice and guidance regarding the fairness of a potential divorce settlement?
When we set the emotional stuff aside, divorce is just a series of tough questions.
Divorcing spouses must figure out:
- What martial assets and debts are subject to division and how to reach a fair division of the marital property.
- If either spouse qualifies for spousal maintenance, and if so, the amount, duration and whether it is modifiable or not.
- For spouses that have minor children in common, they’ll also need to address legal decision-making, a parenting plan and child support.
If you aren’t clear on much when it comes to your divorce, yet you definitely know you can’t be rational right now, what options do you have?
- Hire a do-everything-for-you billable hour lawyer at somewhere around $250 per hour.
- Consult with a lawyer during your divorce to make sure you’re on the right track.
- Empower yourself with legal information about divorce.
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Look, knowledge is power, and, knowledge is a key tool in controlling one’s emotions.
*What would it feel like to walk into the courtroom with confidence?
*Could you better understand the divorce process if it was broken down into 6 steps?
*What would happen to your current level of stress and anxiety if you had a plan for how to get through each of the 6 steps?
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Arizona Lawyer Julie LaBenz has been a licensed attorney in Arizona since 2006. Currently, you’ll find Julie in Sedona, Arizona handling divorce, child custody, estate planning, probate, business planning, DUI defense and more.
Disclaimers: 1) This article contains legal information only and is not legal advice; 2) By reading this article, Arizona lawyer Julie LaBenz does not become your attorney; 3) Julie LaBenz is licensed to practice law in the State of Arizona in the jurisdictions in which she’s admitted to practice.