Divorce is heartbreaking, even under circumstances when it is clear the marriage is no longer working due to infidelity, addiction, abuse or irreconcilable differences.
Couples rarely plan for divorce, though one spouse often initiates proceedings before the other spouse is ready to accept. The reluctant spouse’s resistance can prolong the divorce for months or years.
Children do not choose divorce – nor should they be asked to choose between parents. Ideally, divorcing parents should place their children’s best interests ahead of their own in making decisions about sharing time with each parent, their education and outside activities, letting kids be kids. But parents’ fears about losing access to their children often prolong divorce to their children’s detriment.
Financial concerns about losing the family home, financial solvency and future self-sufficiency often delay the decision to divorce. Ideally, both spouses hope to leave the marriage whole and without undue dependency.
Couples facing such a radical change benefit from sound legal advice from family attorneys experienced in the legal, financial and interpersonal aspects of divorce, child custody, child and spousal support, and marital property division. This website provides basic legal information that is intended to help a spouse contemplating divorce understand the issues and process, but is not a substitute for individualized legal advice. I invite you to phone me at (301) 637-3626 to discuss your individual circumstances.