Divorce is something many people don’t want to have. Yet, whether it’s because there’s constant arguing, spousal abuse, parenting method conflicts or it, simply, it was the wrong time, many people get divorced. However, it can be hard to commit to the idea that divorce is the right choice.
You may be second-guessing your decision. You may even worry if divorce will ruin your life. This may be because you have questions about the process. Here’s what you should know:
#1. Does your spouse have to agree to the divorce?
You may fear that your spouse won’t agree to a divorce. This can greatly upset you, especially if they fight tooth and nail to stay married. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need your spouse to consent to divorce.
If you file for a divorce and your spouse is aware of the events to follow, then they may try to delay or prevent the divorce by not showing up. In this situation, the court may rule in favor of you and grant you a divorce.
#2. How long will the divorce take?
Divorce is unique for everyone. Your spouse may not agree to the divorce or they may want to fight over every little detail during the process, which can lengthen the time it takes to get a divorce. Conversely, your spouse may fully agree to a divorce and the process may move forward quickly.
#3. How is property divided?
Typically, marital assets are divided equally during a divorce. This may mean one spouse keeps the main house and the other keeps the secondary home and a vehicle if it appears to be an equal division. The division process can take some time depending on how many assets there are and what’s at stake.
Spouses who’ve made prenups or postnups can shorten the time it takes to divide assets. These legal documents can detail exactly how assets are divided, both marital and premarital assets.
#4. Should you seek legal help?
There may be times when you need to understand your legal rights during a divorce. Without help, you may end up facing a hard and troubling divorce.