Divorcing without a lawyer may seem like a good way to save time and money, but unless you’re a divorce lawyer, you probably don’t have any idea how the system works. Here are a few questions to ask yourself first…
Going through a divorce is stressful. You must set up new living arrangements, decide child custody, and divide assets and debt.
In some cases, one partner may remain there, though that usually means buying the other one out. Many couples choose to sell the home instead.
In divorce, many people have questions about how the separation will impact their ability to receive survivor benefits, like pensions and Social Security.
In many cases, the decision to divorce is one-sided. Sometimes partners will refuse to talk, causing the process to become long and stressful.
In North Carolina, there is no presumption determining physical custody. Courts will often look at the “best interest” of the child.
Divorce is different for everyone because each person has his or her own life challenges. In some cases, doing what’s best for you conflicts with what’s best for your partner. And when getting a divorce, if your partner is living with a disability, you may bear the burden of deciding what happens with the future of their care.
While you are separated, many people find it helpful to create a separation agreement. While not legally required, a separation agreement can settle some aspects of divorce during the period before the divorce is final.
As a divorced parent with children seeking a higher education, you may have concerns regarding who will be funding and how to save for your child’s tuition.
Divorce is a process, and it can be an expensive one. A lot of people ask during our monthly divorce workshop whether they need a lawyer.