Couples get divorced for a variety of reasons. Some couples realize that they have reached a point where they cannot stop arguing, while others simply married too young and are not ready for the commitment. Some divorces occur because of abuse, while other marriages end due to a spouse’s cheating ways. The list goes on and on, but those are some of the more common reasons people file for divorce.
Regardless, people get divorced for their own reasons. Before you run off to the lawyer’s office, though, there are some things you need to think about. Let’s talk about 5 things you need to consider before getting divorced in Oklahoma:
- Your Health Will Most Likely Be Affected. Most spouses tend to look forward to a more satisfying life after the divorce decree is signed. However, one of the first things you need to know is that the process of divorce is exhausting for most people. Divorcing couples go through a spectrum of emotions during the process, and their lives are affected physically, emotionally, socially, and even health-wise. Many experience weight fluctuations and they also have a tendency to be prone to depression and psychological stress.
- Your Social Life Will Be Affected. After spending so many years with another person, social circles tend to crisscross, which means that hanging out with friends and family may become awkward if you do not have an amicable relationship with your ex. Some divorcees end up cutting ties with friends or in-laws, while others are still able to maintain these relationships. Additionally, you no longer fit into the married crew, but are now placed into the “single” crowd, whether you like it or not.
- Your Children Will “Feel” the Divorce More Than Either Spouse Will. Generally, the type of relationship you and your spouse maintain before, during, and after the divorce will have a direct impact on how the divorce affects your children. While children of divorced parents tend to be prone to destructive behaviors like smoking and drinking and developing psychological problems, you can avoid this by lightening the load on your children and maintaining an amicable relationship with your spouse before, during, and after the divorce.
- You Need to Know the Marital Assets. When it comes to division of property, it is vital that you know the assets that were acquired during the marriage to ensure you get your fair share. This will include pensions, investments, property, tax returns, and other finances and physical property that both you and your spouse obtained during your marriage. Try to obtain copies of any financial and bank documents and property deed and titles that you can get your hands on for proof of assets.
- Divorce Requires Stable Finances and Legal Representation. This does not mean that you cannot get a divorce if you are struggling financially and cannot afford an experienced Oklahoma divorce attorney. However, divorce is costly, and without legal representation, you can come out of the divorce with less assets than you deserve.
If you are considering divorce, contact the Law Office of Robert R. Robles at (405) 232-7980 for a free consultation. We are eager to assist you with your case.