If you and your spouse are able to resolve divorce issues yourself, you will be saving yourself from the stressful experience of having to go to divorce court. Unfortunately, the myriad of divorce issues can mean that you cannot agree on some without the intervention of a judge. If court is inevitable, you can at least be ready for it by reading the below tips.
Take Good Care Of Yourself – Using good self-care techniques during the entire divorce process is important but taking things to court might bring new levels of stress. Using a professional to help you deal with the emotional upheavals that come with a relationship coming to an end will help you make smarter decisions. It means facing court with confidence and a positive mindset. In addition, consider using meditation, physical exercise, and supportive loved ones and friends during this time.
Consider Your Children – If minor aged children are involved, your divorce may take on a different focus. You must place the health and well-being of children under the age of 18 at the forefront of every move you make. No matter how you may love and care about your children, stress can wreak havoc with your natural parenting instincts and lead to bad decisions. You can be assured that the family court system will do everything possible to protect the children of the marriage from the negative effects of the divorce, and so should you. To ensure that your children weather the divorce court experience:
1. Arrange for care for the children when you have to be in court, even if you consider them old enough to attend. Adult matters like divorce court are no place for young people, regardless of their emotional stability or maturity. If a child should be required to testify about custody matters, it will usually be accomplished during a private and casual meeting with the judge.
2. You and your spouse may be living apart, but be sure to foster time with the other parent during the proceedings. Your child should never be used as a bargaining tool or be denied time with the other parent (unless there are issues around abuse or substance abuse).
3. Avoid speaking about your spouse in a negative manner to the child.
Try Divorce Mediation – In some cases, divorce court judges will order the parties to attend mediation. Mediation is a way of taking contested issues out of the courtroom and into a more results-oriented activity. Trained divorce mediators take the couple through a process of addressing one issue at a time. The results are certified and signed by the judge. This is a more collaborative and friendly way of finding solutions to divorce issues.
Ask your divorce lawyer about coping with the divorce court experience.
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