When a spouse makes the decision to pursue a divorce, he or she often has a lot of questions. Often, spouses wonder how quickly the divorce can be completed, or whether they will receive alimony. The fate of the home and family vehicle is another common inquiry.
The truth is, it’s difficult to answer such questions in specific terms, as everybody’s divorce is different. For this reason, those pursuing a divorce should seek the assistance of an attorney, who can explain the legal situation as it applies to the spouse’s individual circumstances.
However, there are a few things that divorcing spouses should consider as they make the decision to separate.
One Maryland attorney suggests keeping good notes when pursuing a divorce. These notes should record everything that happens to spouses and their children during the divorce process, as this information will be valuable to the court as it attempts to move forward with the divorce proceedings. Those considering a divorce should start taking notes as soon as possible, as this will provide a fuller and more useful account.
Spouses should also be aware that divorce laws differ wildly from state to state. Often, spouses considering a separation will look to the Internet for information about divorce, but the material found there will often be inaccurate when applied to one’s home state.
Maryland, for example, has a number of laws that are quite different from those found in other states. In Maryland, an uncontested divorce usually requires a year of separation between the two spouses. If adultery has occurred, however, the divorce can begin immediately.
Those considering a divorce, then, should take good notes and be careful where they get their information. Speaking to friends or consulting the Internet is a good source for basic information about divorce in general, but for those seriously considering a separation, a local attorney remains the best resource.
American News Report, “Keep Good Notes When Getting a Divorce” Ed Coghlan, Sep. 12, 2013