Getting the Best Possible Outcome in Your Divorce
As you go through your divorce, important to be focused on the long term, making sure you’re ending up with the best possible settlement for you. This requires you to have a clear picture of exactly what it is you want as you move forward with your life.
With how stressful and emotional divorce can be, however, this is often easier said than done. To make this process less difficult, you should identify all of the most important issues and your top priorities ahead of time, and stick to them throughout the divorce proceedings. Having a game plan before negotiations actually begin will help ensure you stay on the right track.
The most common issues individuals need to navigate are child custody and support, the division of marital assets and alimony. Let’s take a quick look at each:
- Child custody and support: If you have children, what happens to them is going to be a significant component of your divorce. Even if custody itself ends up being an easy issue to resolve, you still must consider things like visitation schedules, the division of expenses, the amount of child support that the non-custodial parent will pay and how you will jointly make child-rearing decisions.
- Property division: The division of martial property and assets can quickly become contentious, especially when there are particularly valuable or sentimental items involved. Consulting a divorce attorney or financial planner will help you figure out how to best address your priorities through this process.
- Alimony: If alimony (or spousal support) is an issue in your divorce, get an idea of how much you’re seeking or willing to pay out in alimony payments each month. Note that almost all alimony arrangements are temporary in nature.
Having a sound plan for these three important issues and knowing when to compromise will help make your divorce go much more smoothly — and it may even save you money. Contact a trusted Long Island divorce mediation attorney at Bryan L. Salamone & Associates to learn more about your options moving forward.