Divorce is not something to take lightly. Deciding to end your marriage is a difficult and painful decision, even when it is the right one.
If you and your spouse are thinking about divorce or preparing to begin the divorce process, there are important steps to take to ensure a smooth outcome.
Is divorce the right decision?
The first thing you need to do is determine if divorce is the right choice. Such a life-altering decision should be fully considered. You may be at the point where it is the only solution, or you may be able to consider other options such as marriage counseling.
Whatever the outcome, it is important to look at all the issues with you relationship and determine your best course of action.
Think of your kids
If you have children, you will need to think about childcare. If your split is amicable, pursuing joint custody will likely be a good option. However, there are different custody options to consider, and the most important part is determining what is best for the kids.
Get your finances in order
Money is an important part of every divorce. You and your spouse will be dividing your assets, debts and property. Kentucky is an equitable distribution state, which means property will divided "equitably." This does not, however, guarantee there will be a 50/50 split.
It is often in your best interest to determine a property division plan with your spouse. It needs to be approved by the court, but it is often more beneficial to negotiate a plan rather than letting the courts determine one.
These are just a few of the first considerations when thinking about divorce. It is a complex process that requires your full attention.