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Divorce: Preparation is key

According to recent statistics, half of all married couples will separate. In Arizona and across the United States, about two million couples file for divorce every single year. It's no secret that this process can be very arduous and stressful. However, before filing for divorce, there are things to consider that may make the process easier and less strenuous for all parties involved.

First and foremost, couples need to determine that getting a divorce is the right move. Once the decision has been made, it is extremely helpful to research divorce laws, as these laws vary by state. Organization is also key during this process, specifically financial organization. Close any joint accounts and gather all financial statements. Also, creating a rough budget of expenses and income will provide a better understanding of what to expect after the separation and could prove invaluable when making big financial decisions.

If children are involved, custody arrangements should be a main concern. When determining custody, it is always important to keep the best interests of the children in mind. Of course situations will vary, but most custody arrangements these days are for joint custody, with parenting time often shared as near to equally as possible. Individuals going through divorce should also set aside time to focus on themselves. Taking care of mental and physical health through this stressful process is crucial.

The end of a marriage is an event that can take a toll on a person emotionally, psychologically and financially. Having a game plan before starting this process can help alleviate some of the stress while also preparing individuals for life after divorce. Those in Arizona who have questions regarding any aspect of divorce could benefit by seeking the services of an experienced legal representative. An attorney knowledgeable in family law can provide much-needed guidance for individuals contemplating a separation.

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