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Surprising revelations about the divorce process

If you may be filing for divorce sometime in the future, it is important for you to understand a few surprising revelations about the process. If you are informed about the ways in which the process works, you will be more likely to make the healthiest decisions for your present and your future.

One notable aspect of the divorce process that tends to surprise people is that the process is different for every couple. Certainly, many of the same documents need to be filed in each case and many of the same fees will apply for each divorce filed in a given state. However, no two divorces progress in exactly the same way, on exactly the same timeline and with the exact same aims. Therefore, it may benefit you to speak with an experienced family law attorney before filing in order to get a better sense of how your unique divorce process is likely to unfold.

In addition, it is important to understand how much control you and your spouse ultimately have over the direction of the process. You cannot change the fact that you will need to file certain fees and disclose certain pieces of information. However, you can choose whether or not your divorce will be contentious or cooperative, relatively inexpensive or very expensive, relatively quick or not quick at all.

Your attorney and your spouse’s attorney will help to guide you through the legal aspects of the process. But it is up to you and your spouse to set the tone and the direction of your unique progress through the legal system. This power can become a bit overwhelming, but it can also be quite freeing if you and your spouse can get on the same page about how you wish to handle your divorce.

Source: The Huffington Post, “12 Things You Don't Understand About Divorce (Until You Get One),” Brittany Wong, June 22, 2015

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