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Steps to take if you are thinking about divorce

With half of all marriages ending in divorce, it is likely that you have thought about the subject sometime from your engagement to years into your marriage. Just the idea of breaking up can be daunting and give you fear.

If the prospect of divorce has entered your relationship, not knowing what to do can end up either paralyzing you or causing you to make a mistake. Take these steps if you are thinking about divorce whether or not you end up going through with it.

Review your financial situation

Divorce significantly affects your finances. It costs money, changes your lifestyle and divides marital assets. It may also require you to pay spousal or child support. Review how divorce will affect your finances so you can prepare accordingly. For example, are you aware of and have access to all assets? Would you have to get a better job to support your family?

Talk to an attorney

No one knows better what divorce looks like than a family law attorney. Talking to an experienced attorney can help you understand what a divorce would mean for your situation. The following factors all play a role in how a divorce would proceed:

  • The number and ages of children you have
  • The complexity of your property
  • The length of your marriage
  • Prenuptial and/or postnuptial agreements you have
  • The presence of domestic abuse 
  • If your spouse contests the divorce

Fault does not matter in Nevada unless the action affects children.

Consider alternative resolutions

Divorce may be scary, but it does not have to be contentious if you and your spouse are willing to cooperate, especially for the best interest of any children. You can stay out of court by trying mediation first. The process involves meeting with a neutral facilitator who helps you and your spouse come to the terms of your divorce on your own. You know what is best for your family, not a judge. Mutually creating the agreement will also increase the chances of you two following it. You still need a lawyer to review the document to ensure it is legally compliant, thorough and realistic.

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