Over half of all marriages in the United States currently end in divorce, and many people want help protecting their interests during this process. While some divorces are “uncontested,” in which divorcing spouses agree on divorce settlement terms, many divorces involve contested issues on which divorcing spouses cannot agree. Sometimes one spouse ends up enjoying more benefits than the other after a divorce is finalized, so it’s important to protect your interests during the divorce process.
Your “interests” might refer to many different things, such as child-related issues, alimony payments, and the division of assets. Property, asset, and debt division are topics that arise in almost any divorce, and can create disagreements between spouses, depending on their hopes and expectations. As such, making sure that your interests are protected during divorce negotiations is important for ensuring that the results of a divorce settlement work in your favor.
Commonly Disputed Factors
In order to effectively protect your interests, you need to make sure that you enter your divorce proceedings with a clear understanding of your hopes and wishes for a number of different contentious divorce issues, including:
- Child custody or child support payments
- Living arrangements / ownership of property
- Dividing stocks, bonds, and other investments
- Dividing debts
- Alimony / spousal support payments
These issues can arise in many divorce cases, and if you do not have a clear understanding of your hopes for these matters, you may not get the settlement that you need. However, having an experienced legal representative at your side during the divorce process can help you protect your interests and your legal rights.