The physical and emotional toll divorce takes on each spouse, their children, close relatives, and even friends can be overwhelming even when dissolving the marriage is the best option.
In cases where domestic violence, adultery, or drug and alcohol abuse is affecting everyone’s physical and psychological well-being, going your separate ways may need to happen quickly and effectively to ensure the safety of all involved.
But what happens when couples are no longer compatible? Or have grown apart? Or have simply moved on from what was once a happy marriage?
It happens. South Carolina laws are very complex when dealing with a divorce.
If you have been considering divorce, and are wondering when the right time is to move forward with your plans, the first step is to talk to a South Carolina family law attorney.
Here is why.
Talking to a Greenville Divorce Attorney Will Allow You to Make Informed Decisions
Whether you know one person or ten people who have been divorced, your proceedings will be unique.
No two people have the same marriage, finances, assets or debts, or circumstances for wanting to get divorced. If you are considering exiting your marriage, now is the best time to forget everything you learned from your friends, family members, or coworkers’ divorces.
Talking with a skilled divorce attorney in Greenville will allow you to tell your story and determine whether you qualify for an at-fault divorce which includes adultery, domestic violence, and drug or alcohol abuse — or a no-fault divorce where neither spouse must admit or prove he or she was at-fault for the breakdown of the marriage.
The type of divorce you qualify for will significantly change the timeline of the proceedings, although important factors like property division, alimony, child custody, and child support can be outlined in a temporary and potentially permanent agreement during the mandatory waiting period before the divorce can be finalized.
Contact our experienced Greenville divorce attorneys to learn more about your unique case and allow our team of family law professionals to help allay any fears you have about the unknown.
Pay Close Attention to Your Finances, including Bank Accounts & Other Assets
If you are in a marriage where you are not in charge of the family’s finances — or know little to nothing about your financial standing it is time to start paying attention. This is especially true if you believe there may be some form of dishonesty occurring in your marriage.
Dishonesty can occur in multiple forms, including affairs, addiction problems which can include impulse control, gambling, or drug and alcohol abuse, or an attempt by the other spouse to leave the marriage with as much as possible without the other noticing.
If you begin to see substantial portions of funds being transferred from your joint account or see significant decreases in savings, retirement, or other long-term accounts, take notice and contact an attorney.
Evaluate How Your Divorce Will Affect Your Children
When parents are considering divorce, their children’s well-being is often the first thing that gives them pause.
We completely understand. Talking to an experienced divorce attorney will allow you to understand what happens throughout each step of the proceedings, so you and your spouse can determine a combined parenting plan, child custody, and visitation arrangements, and who will be responsible for child support payments.
Never assume you know how these agreements will work. It is best to understand your rights, and how the court will consider the facts of your case, should you and your spouse’s divorce end in litigation.
If you are concerned about how divorce will affect your financial standing and how much time you get to spend with your kids, contact our experienced family law attorneys in Greenville County to discuss your divorce details today by calling (803) 548-2468 or contact us online.