The road to divorce is paved with intense emotions, uncertainty, and hard choices. While you know that you should end your marriage, the potential for disruption and change is a lot to wrap your head around. Because it all seems overwhelming, people may delay making decisions that are best for them. They stay in relationships that are unhealthy or make them unhappy. While difficult, the choice to divorce can be made less stressful by speaking with a lawyer.
When Should You Speak with a Lawyer?
The simple answer to this is “as soon as possible.” Even if you are uncertain and have not made a final decision, it is essential to ask the questions you have so you can make a confident, informed decision about your marriage and future. You should speak with a family law attorney to explore a divorce and your legal rights if:
- You want to explore your options.
- You are already separated from your spouse.
- You want to end your marriage, but don’t know how to initiate the process.
- You suspect your spouse is planning to separate.
- Your spouse expresses a desire to end your marriage.
Speak with a Divorce Lawyer Sooner Rather Than Later
Some significant decisions and preparations have to be made before and during the separation process. One of these decisions is planning your separation. While there is no “perfect” time to separate, there can be some strategy as to when you choose to initiate the separation.
North Carolina requires that a couple must be separated for a year and a day before they can file for divorce. This separation must last for an uninterrupted year, during which the couple must live in different residences. Consulting with an attorney can help you understand what courts accept as a “separation” and what mistakes you should avoid so you don’t reset that yearlong separation requirement.
Therefore, for your separation, you will want to consult with an attorney about how to address critical issues of property, debt, living situations, child custody, spousal support, and child support. These are complex issues that require time, care, and advocacy to properly address. The sooner you address these issues, the more prepared you’ll be to initiate the next chapter of your life. If you are in a violent or controlling relationship, your attorney can also help you explore obtaining temporary orders that can protect you, your children, and our property during your separation.
Contact New Direction Family Law
New Direction Family Law provides advice and representation to men and women who need to navigate the end of their marriage. Our attorneys have decades of combined experience and a track record of success. You deserve an attorney who will listen to you, respond to you, and fight for your best outcome. Contact us today. Call New Direction Family Law at (919) 719-3470 to schedule an appointment or visit us online through our website.