With the coming of a new year, people think about goals they want to set for themselves and big changes they want to make in their lives. For some people, this means getting a divorce. Making the difficult decision to end a marriage can be painful, but for some people it is the best way to get out of a bad situation and get on the path to a happier and more productive life.
However, it’s important for everyone to remember that, while deciding to end a marriage is a personal decision, divorce itself is a legal process, with profound financial implications that can help or hinder one’s ability to live independently after the divorce is finalized. For parents, the divorce process also affects relationships with children.
If you are planning to go through a divorce, be sure to talk to an experienced family law attorney. A lawyer can watch out for your interests, and those of your children, and argue on your behalf in negotiations, or in court, if necessary. An experienced lawyer knows how to maximize your financial settlement while avoiding unnecessary drama and difficulty.
An experienced lawyer also knows the peculiarities of state law and other considerations which you won’t get from consulting many divorce sites on the internet. For example, Ohio’s divorce laws are very different from those of many other states.
In many states, a married couple can obtain a no-fault divorce relatively easily, but Ohio requires a married couple to live separately for a whole year before they can request a no-fault divorce. Otherwise, they must show grounds for divorce, which can make the process more difficult. Obviously, this waiting period can have profound consequences for anyone who is beginning the new year by contemplating a divorce.
The attorney and staff of Gillespie Law, LLC, in Dublin, Ohio, help clients through the often emotionally and technically difficult process of divorce. To learn more, see the firm’s divorce practice page.