Considering Divorce? Maybe You Should Talk About It

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Most people start thinking about divorce long before they talk with anyone. For some, it takes a long time to reach the conclusion that divorce is necessary.  Sometimes a spouse is doing the same thing, quietly thinking about it, and that may be helpful. Other times, a spouse may be blissfully unaware and think everything is fine. If you suddenly …

Want to be Divorced by the End of the Year?

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About this time of the year, some people finally decide that the time has arrived to end their marriage.  Some people want to put off change until after the holidays, but others prefer to end things quickly and cleanly.  They want to get on with their lives. If you find yourself thinking of how nice it would be to be …

What are Your Divorce Options?

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If you are looking to get a divorce, there are many decisions to be made.  Among them are the type of process you will use.  Yes, there’s more than one way to get a divorce. 1st Decision:  Lawyer or No Lawyer? Hopefully, you will go see a lawyer and get advice, but you do have the option of representing yourself.  …

Are You Ready to File?

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With the holidays behind us, you may be ready to file for divorce.  Of course, it’s one thing to be emotionally ready and another to actually file.  Here are some practical considerations if you think you are ready to file for divorce. 1.  Decide on the timing.  You have already made it through the holiday season and that’s usually a …

Why is it Taking so Long?

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There’s more to a divorce than the start and finish. In many divorces, one party is much readier to finish the process than the spouse is.  Usually, that party has been thinking about and planning for the divorce quietly for a long time. The ready party often becomes very anxious to get through the process and start a new single …

Who Do You Want to Decide Your Future?

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Here’s a simple rule for divorces:  Despite what some people think, divorces are not simple or clear cut, unless there are literally no kids and no assets.  That eliminates cases where there kids, but you think you can agree on everything; they are still complicated.  That rule also eliminates cases where there’s a retirement plan, real estate, debts, jointly owned …

Should You Keep your Plans a Secret?

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If you are considering filing for divorce, one decision you have to make is how and when to break the news to your spouse.  Sometimes your partner wants a divorce also. Sometimes he or she may know it’s coming, based on prior discussions or actions. And sometimes your spouse is clueless (about this topic). So, should you keep your plans …

Tuesday Tips: Don’t Threaten Divorce

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Just Do It! (As a famous apparel seller used to urge us.)      Once you start threatening divorce, you start to weaken the bonds of marriage.      Some people, who want to remain married, threaten to divorce their spouse to get the spouse to change some behavior — stay home more, quit drinking, pay attention, etc.      What the …

How to Prepare for a Peaceful Divorce

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Often, people become hurt and angry when it becomes clear they are facing a divorce.  In most cases, the divorce should not be a surprise, but sometimes it is.  While some people can overcome their anger at the situation and their spouse, others can’t.  Attorneys will tell the parties that if one person wants the divorce, it will happen eventually.  …

Do You Really Want to Spend Your Money on an Aggressive, Mean Lawyer?

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The other day, I was visiting with a highly educated man who started to tell me about his experience with divorce.  That’s not an unusual situation.  Everyone has stories from their own experiences or their family or friends’ experiences. Anyway, as it turned out, he was happy with the second attorney he used.  It seems the second attorney was a …