Advice You Need for Your Divorce from an Experienced Divorce Attorney
Going through a divorce is one of the most difficult things someone can experience. It can be a terrible situation for everyone involved. It often makes a person feel like they are alone.
Nearly half of all marriages in the United States end in divorce. Since you built a life together, there is a lot to consider once you have decided to head in separate directions — probably more than you could have imagined.
Whether or not you and your former spouse are on good terms, divorce will be difficult. More than taking a toll on you emotionally, it will affect your family, finances, and business. You have a tough road ahead of you, but knowing what to expect can help you face the storm head-on.
The divorce attorney at Youd Law has 27 years of experience handling divorce cases throughout the Willamette Valley in Oregon. These divorces ranged in reasons, sizes, shapes, and more. However, these experiences gave our divorce lawyer wisdom about your upcoming journey, including what you should expect.
If you are in the middle of a divorce or considering one, here are a few words of advice you should consider.
Issues Leading to Your Divorce Could Affect Proceedings
The largest determining factor in the way your divorce will proceed is the level of agreement between you and your spouse. The more complicated your divorce is and the less you are in agreement with your spouse, the longer your case could take.
Unfortunately, if you can’t agree on major issues, it will take time and effort to resolve your divorce. Divorces that involve children, large finances, businesses, ugly allegations, and other contested issues will most likely involve extra paperwork and discussion.
Some of the issues that might come up in divorce proceedings include:
- Child Custody & Visitation (Parenting Time)
- Child Support
- Spousal Support (Alimony)
- Property Division
- Tax Issues
- Domestic Violence
- Immigration Status
Additionally, the more assets involved will also play a significant part in the time and effort required to resolve your divorce. Assets and debts will be identified, valued, and divided as deemed necessary. While you cannot get around dealing with the issues at hand, having a fair and professional relationship with your former marriage partner could make things a lot easier to resolve.
Divorce Hurts Your Finances
A divorce will usually require the addressing of all of your finances. Having knowledge and documentation of your finances will make things easier during the division process. Not everyone realizes that their divorce may impact their credit score.
It is important that you receive advice from an attorney prior to making any decisions regarding the dividing of assets or debts. You may own assets that you are not required to divide or debts you are not required to pay. You may own assets such as retirement accounts that have not yet been taxed and are not worth what they appear to be worth. You may own assets such as a marital residence or other real property, stocks and bonds and other investment accounts that could have varying tax implications.
Another thing to consider is your real estate wealth. You will most likely divide all of your real estate properties during your divorce. Know that this could involve dividing the properties monetarily or physically. There are a lot of options that you can discuss with your divorce lawyer.
Divorce often costs a lot in attorney fees, divorce specialists, real estate specialists, child custody experts, doctors, and other professionals hired throughout the case. You will handle these costs on your own, which you might not initially consider. It is also possible to request that the other party reimburse you for the costs and fees your incur, depending on the circumstances.
Divorce can also affect your retirement plans, life insurance, future college education for your children, 401k accounts, bank accounts, tax refunds, pension plans, and more. Try to keep in that while your divorce may be extremely expensive, it may very well be worth it in the end.
Our team advises that preparing for these financial hits ahead of time will pay off for your emotional, mental, and financial health down the road.
Have an Experienced Divorce Attorney
Getting the right representation can make all the difference. Your divorce lawyer will guide you through the process using their education, knowledge, and experience in the field. Finding the right lawyer will ensure that you have the representation you need to get through this difficult time. Choosing someone who knows divorce law well and knows how to properly handle divorce cases will help you get through your divorce without delays or unnecessary complications.
You’ll find the experienced, dedicated representation you need at the Youd Law Firm in Salem, Oregon. Our divorce law attorney, Lance D. Youd, has been protecting clients’ rights in divorce and family law cases for more than 26 years.
Our divorce attorney helps clients throughout the Willamette Valley area, including clients who live in Salem, Albany, Corvallis, Dallas, Newberg, McMinnville, Keizer, Woodburn, Silverton, Molalla, Wilsonville, Tualatin, Sherwood, Tigard, Oregon City, Hillsboro and Portland. Our divorce attorney has appeared in court in numerous counties, including Marion County, Linn County, Benton County, Polk County, Yamhill County, Washington County, Clackamas County and Multnomah County. Trust him to get you through your divorce. Contact us today to discuss your case.