The first step in any domestic relations issue is to determine what is most important to you and then define goals based on those values.
There are an endless number of issues to consider when terminating a marriage: the type of termination, the parenting of children (if applicable), the division of property, and the timeframe for the termination.
What Is Important To You?
Some of these issues may be more important to you than others. If you have minor children, perhaps one of your primary goals is to ensure the health and happiness of your children. Other clients may decide that a lengthy, contested divorce is not in their best interests and may prefer a shorter, more amenable dissolution.
The key questions to think about are:
- What do you really want?
- What is most important to you?
- What would you be willing to compromise?
Defining your goals will assist you and your attorney while you review various options and determine the best solution for your needs.
A good attorney should be able to help you identify appropriate goals for your particular situation. Look for an attorney who listens carefully to the things that you value and responds with a plan of action that is in agreement with your goals.