Three Essential Tips for Your Divorce
There’s no two ways about it: Divorce is scary. Your partnership may feel like it has evaporated overnight or it may have been a long time coming. Either way, you probably feel like your life is on a shaky foundation and you are almost certainly unsure about the future. I put together four simple tips to get you on the right track as you pursue your divorce.
1. Talk to a Lawyer
I can hear it already: “Of course you’d say that. You’re a divorce lawyer!” That’s true, I am a divorce lawyer—which is why I can say with absolute certainty that you should always talk to a lawyer if divorce is on the table. Even if your divorce is amicable, even if you and your ex-partner seemingly agree on every aspect of your divorce, even if your ex-partner has an attorney who they say can draw up paperwork for both of you—always talk to your own lawyer.
Divorces are complicated and, even under the best circumstances, misunderstandings happen. The legal consequences of divorce agreements and settlements are long-lasting. You want to make sure that you understand what is happening and that your interests are protected. The only way to do that is with an experienced divorce lawyer in your corner.
2. Update Your Estate Plan
You would be surprised how often this one slips through the cracks. Hopefully, you and your spouse had up-to-date estate plans that accounted for your relationship. Now that your marriage is ending, it’s important to update your estate plan to reflect that. Whatever your goals for your estate following your divorce, you want to make sure that your new life situation is reflected in your will, medical directives, and any trusts you may have.
3. Keep It Civil (If Possible)
Even in the best cases, divorce is still an emotionally charged process. There’s no reason to add extra tension on purpose. Of course, things happen, but I strive to help all of my clients pursue their divorces with as much respect and decency as possible. It’s better for you, it’s better for your ex, and it’s definitely better for any children who are involved. At the end of the day, it just makes everything go smoother.
Divorce Attorney Services for Atascadero and San Luis Obispo
Remember point number 1? If you’re going through a divorce in Atascadero or San Luis Obispo, Ernest A. Casacca, Attorney at Law—that’s me—can stand up for your interests and help you get through the process as smoothly as possible. Call (805) 466-5888 today to schedule an initial consultation for your case.