If your marriage is on the verge of collapse (or has already collapsed), there are things to do to protect yourself, writes the author of "Money Confidence." Kerry Hannon says, "Once the love is gone, money is the issue, the only issue."
She writes that those who face divorce must think about financial survival, property division, spousal support and more. Of course, for divorcing parents, child custody is typically at the very top of their priorities in divorce.
At the very top of the list of things Hannon urges you to do when divorce becomes unavoidable: call a family law attorney. She said that advice is especially true for those who have kids.
She points out that a divorce lawyer can look at your circumstances without the emotions that often keep spouses from seeing things objectively. She adds that while friends can be invaluable for emotional support, but you need more when your marriage is coming to an end. You need the advice of someone who knows California divorce law.
"It just makes good sense to hire someone who can help you evaluate your assets and press for the best possible settlement," Hannon writes.
Friends can also be good resources for finding a Sacramento attorney who has helped them resolve child custody issues or asset division disputes.
She also urges you to avoid using the same attorney as your spouse has hired. "You want someone looking out for your best interests," she writes. A trusted family law attorney will protect your rights and interests at every step of the legal process.
Contact Judy L. Ford, Attorney at Law, to discuss your priorities in divorce.