Issues like property divisions, child support, child custody and alimony are an integral part of the divorce process. However, how long the couple has been married can have a significant impact on how some of the issues are handled. Those divorcing after many years of marriage often have established extremely commingled finances and may not even know where to begin when it comes to dividing them.
In these types of divorces, both parties are usually well accustomed to a certain type of lifestyle. In some situations, a person who has stayed home to raise children may suddenly be faced with needing to re-enter the workforce to financially support themselves. In others, someone who has been used to living on a two income may have to make significant lifestyle changes to fit on a one-income budget.
Divorces involving long-term marriages also often involve child custody and support issues. It may be difficult to think about having to "share" your time with your children, particularly if you are used to seeing them everyday, but talking with an attorney can help you understand if a joint custody situation may be best and help ease the transition period.
In all of these cases, divorce can be and usually is a huge adjustment on every level: physical, emotional, mental and financial. I can help you understand what a divorce means for your particular situation and how to start preparing for settlement discussions or a full trial. Talking with an attorney early on helps ensure you understand what to expect and what adjustments you will need to make after the divorce is finalized.