People contemplating a divorce would be well-advised to take stock of their current circumstances and evaluate whether they are in a position to proceed. A divorce is very disruptive to your life. It will affect your living arrangements, child care, job, and finances. A meeting with an attorney can help a client decide whether they are “ready for a divorce”.
Can you afford to pay the rent or mortgage on just one salary? Can you pay your other monthly bills?
Do your work hours or travel requirements make it difficult for you to get the kids to school or care for them at night?
Do you have a day care provider or a plan that allows you to work outside the home? Can you afford day care?
The answers to these kinds of questions may indicate that you are not yet prepared to file for divorce. For example, you may decide you need to change shifts at work to be able to care for your kids in the event of a divorce. You may need to make alternative living arrangements if you can’t afford the home on just one salary.
You also need to take into account the legal fees that come with a divorce. In other words, you need to have a workable plan for life after divorce. A meeting with an attorney can help you evaluate your readiness for a divorce and the financial changes that come with it.
At Bailey & Galyen, we offer free consultations with experience family law attorneys so you can evaluate your case and your plan for life after divorce.