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Even if you know you and your spouse aren't right for each other, getting a divorce can be a scary process. Of course there are the big questions -- what happens to the kids, or the house? But also all those little questions you may not have thought about -- how could this affect my taxes, or my business?
We've got those answers and more in our seven best legal tips when you're getting divorced.
The best way to make sure your divorce goes as smooth as possible is to be prepared as possible before the process begins. Know what to expect regarding child custody and child support decisions, and how to protect your separate property and assets.
The biggest impact of your divorce will be on your shared children. Avoiding bitterness and battles over custody and visitation time will ensure you continue a healthy relationship with your kids.
Often, the last thing we think about when we think about divorce is the financial impact it will have on our taxes. But knowing who is filing what and how they're claiming certain deductions can save quite a lot of money in the long run.
You may think your small business is safe from divorce proceedings, but are you sure? You may want to re-read your prenup (if you have one) or consider a corporation, LLC, or a trust to protect your business assets.
This is not your parents' divorce. Separating couples now have to worry about not making comments on Facebook and Twitter that will affect child custody determinations, so make sure you're not posting something now that you'll regret later.
No divorce is easy, but there are ways to make it less difficult by cutting down on needless conflicts, delays, and costs. Coming prepared, communicating positively, and completed paperwork on time can streamline you divorce process.
Just because the papers have been signed, doesn't mean the hard work is done. You may still have issues with separating your marital property, and determining and adjusting spousal support, child support, and custody and visitation.
The best advice regarding your divorce will come from an experienced divorce attorney familiar with your case -- contact one near you.