As you prepare for divorce, you’re faced with questions regarding child custody, child support, property and debt division and alimony among other important details.
While every last detail is critical to the divorce process, it’s likely that you’ll spend the greatest amount of time thinking about your children.
Answer these questions early in the divorce process to help you formulate a plan for the future:
- Do you understand the many types of child custody? For example, if you have physical custody of your children, it means that they’ll live with you. It may also mean that your ex-spouse has visitation rights. Legal custody is just as important, as it gives you the power to make important decisions on behalf of your children, such as those related to education and health care.
- How will you successfully co-parent with your ex in the future? It doesn’t matter if you have physical custody or visitation rights, you’ll find that you have to co-parent with your ex to provide your children with the stability they need. A parenting plan can go a long way in keeping the two of you focused on what’s best for your children.
- Will you receive or pay child support? There are a variety of factors that go into answering this question. For example, if you receive full custody of your children and your ex has the means to pay child support, they’re likely to be required to do so. Just the same, you could find yourself on the other side of the equation, meaning you’ll have to pay support.
- How will you protect your children during this difficult time? Divorce will challenge your children on many levels, so it’s critical that you prepare accordingly. Answer their questions, take steps to comfort them and be honest about what’s to come.
Divorce is difficult enough when you don’t have children with your soon to be ex-spouse. When you add one or more child to the picture, there are even more challenges standing in your way and additional questions to answer.
There’s a lot to prepare for once you decide to divorce, but make sure your children are at the center of every decision you make.