Some divorces are the result of months or years of discussion and come as no surprise. In other instances, someone may be caught completely off-guard when they find out that their spouse wants to bring their marriage to a close. Every couple is in a unique position, in some cases a spouse may have found someone else they want to spend their life with while others may simply be the result of bitterness and resentment that was hidden for years. If your spouse recently informed you that they are moving ahead with a divorce, you should immediately look at your options and try to prepare.

First of all, you should look into the unique aspects of your marriage and life circumstances. For example, do you have children? If so, it may be necessary to look into child support payments, especially if you expect to be on the hook for making payments. Child custody is another potentially contentious family law matter that many parents struggle with, so you might want to prepare for a dispute over custody and look into the different factors that courts analyze when making decisions on how to award custody.

We know that an unexpected divorce can feel overwhelming and you may feel like you have no voice or no idea of what to do next. However, it is pivotal to prepare for various divorce issues regardless and do your best to find a favorable outcome (this is even more important if you and your spouse have kids).