As of January 6, 2014, statistics show over 2 million people divorce each year.
Severing any relationship can be difficult especially when the relationship involves children.
The process can be emotionally, physically and financially draining so it is important to understand your rights under the law.
"Ending a marriage brings stress to an already tense household." Steve Worrall of Georgia Family Law said.
Worrall reinforces how important it is to understand the laws provided in your state with regard to division of property, child custody and other concerns.
"How can you make the decisions about property division and child custody concerns that will best serve you and your kids, right now and in the future?" Worrall asks.
Worrall's exemplary work ethic is not common. He doesn't charge by the hour and gives every case his undivided attention.
Worrall does things different from most attorneys in his area of practice.
His dynamic approach includes educating clients in a patient and informative fashion.
"The goal is to make the process as efficient and painless as possible. High regard for the children is of the utmost importance." Worrall said.
Representation by a lawyer that is capable and inspired to give clients the best legal advice is priceless.
Worrall's goal is to guide clients through the divorce process as painlessly as possible while protecting children from the turmoil of divorce.
- Panic and emotions have no place in the decision making process. Understand your options, channel your energies, and then make informed decisions.
- The advice of friends and family will confuse you. If those who have "been through it" want to help you, ask them only one question: "If you had it to do over again, what would you do differently?"
- Decide on your goals and then keep them in perspective. Your lawyer can't do it all for you. And if you lose control of your case, you lose control of your life and place yourself at the mercy of the judicial system.
- The cost of divorce can be staggering. Litigated divorces may take years and cost thousands of dollars. The more your have, the more you can lose. Sometimes you get so upset that you don't care what it costs ...until it's all over.
- Try to keep the channels of communication open with the other side. Try not to escalate an already excitable situation. Try to negotiate as many of the issues as you can after your are informed.
- A negotiated settlement lasts as long as those who make it want it to last. Many divorces result in last-minute settlements that are to no one's satisfaction. And that means the final decree is never final.
- If the court decides your case, you lose control of your options. And if you don't like the result, your only remedy may be a costly appeal that keeps your life in limbo.
- Fighting for principle -- or just to fight -- is a bad decision. It tends to begin a long-term war with adverse economic and emotional consequences. But that does not mean that you should give up important rights just to try to get the case over.
- Never sign an agreement without the advice of a lawyer. And never allow one lawyer to prepare an agreement for you and your spouse. You always need your own lawyer to give you divorce advice.
- Even the best economic result does not guarantee you security. What if a former spouse dies owing you alimony or support. And today, bankruptcy is being used more and more both during and after divorce to try to avoid obligations required by divorce courts. Bankruptcy during a divorce can mean that the divorce proceedings are put on hold until the bankruptcy is completed. Bankruptcy after divorce can destroy your settlement. Be sure to ask you lawyer.
The good news is that even the bitterest of divorces have the opportunity to open positive avenues. No matter how difficult or hopeless the situation may seem there is a solution on the horizon.
The proof is in the testament of people who have been through the difficult problem.
"My focus was pretty dark for a time... But for a long time it has been the freedom and relief of a new beginning and all the hopes and possibilities that beginning offers. I never thought it was possible, but I'm grateful for how awful and callus he was, it made me give up all hope, which I needed to do. Now things are better than I ever imagined they could be, or they ever would be married to him." Sharon Post said.
Regardless the separation process is a difficult one and it's important to have proper representation.
Find a lawyer who has your family's best interest at heart and allow yourself time to process and grieve.
Set a date for you to move forward regardless of the pain.
Emotionally you have to protect yourself no one else can do that for you but put the legalities in a good lawyer's hands.
You'll know a good lawyer when you meet him or her. All lawyers are not the same.
During a consultation with Steve Worrall I knew right away that he was the best lawyer for me. He took his time and had my best interest at heart.
It's important to have a lawyer that has your back especially when children are involved.
Good luck and be confident that this too shall pass. Life goes on after divorce.