A divorce is a big step for any adult. When you decide that your marriage is officially over, and you are ready to legally end it, you will need to file the petition. Remember that this isn’t the end of it. You have some work to do, more than likely with your ex. Before the court will grant the divorce, you have to figure out how to divide property and make plans for the children. These can be rather complex matters.
Things might be easy if you and your ex can work together with a mediator because you can come to the terms through negotiations. This often makes the process faster. Just remember that if you do try this, you have the option of turning to a trial if it doesn’t work out.
The property division process might be a challenge because some people expect an equal division. In reality, this isn’t going to be possible. It is usually best to start with the house and work your way down to smaller assets. Once you have the assets split, you can divide the debt. This might enable you to get as close to an even split as you can.
When it comes to the children, the court only has one priority – the kids’ best interests. Every decision you make must be based on that. You and your ex are likely the best people to come up with the terms of custody because you know your children the best. Remain open and willing to negotiate so that you don’t put a stranger in charge of your parenting plan.