The decision to divorce can be a difficult process. You must have a plan of action to ensure that you do not make matters even more difficult.
One of the key questions to consider is when to involve a lawyer in your divorce planning. A lawyer can help provide clarity and direction so that you can protect your rights.
Filing for divorce
Whether you should file for divorce independently or with your partner will depend on the circumstance, and a lawyer can help you make this decision. The same goes for deciding if you should file for a contested divorce (where there are significant disagreements) or an uncontested divorce (where there are no significant disagreements). Keep in mind that in Wisconsin, at least one of you must be a resident of the state for at least six months before filing for divorce.
Attending court hearings
A divorce court hearing can be complex. A court order for child support, for example, will depend on many factors such as your income, how many children you have, who your children live with and personal circumstances. Property division will factor in employment skills, physical health, pension benefits and more. A lawyer can help you navigate these issues and find a solution that works for you.
During the divorce process, you will likely have to deal with many emotions and feelings. You may feel uncertain about your future and have trouble focusing on the tasks at hand. This is why it helps to have someone by your side who can look at the situation objectively.