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WINNING STRATEGY IN A DIVORCE.

“Winning” is not an accurate term. Divorce is a difficult and/or a sad process. “Winning” is defining goals on the other side of your divorce and making a plan to achieve these goals. The goals can be regarding custody, property division, debt division, or other specific outcome to your case.

You and your attorney should:

  • Define your divorce goals and write them down.

    You should complete the following:
    1. Custody of the children should be as follows:
    2. Visitation should be as follows:
    3. The property should be divided as follows:
    4. The debts should be divided as follows:
    5. My special considerations should be as follows:

    This list is an oversimplification, but you need to start brainstorming all areas of your life, and the lives around you, and how the decisions you make, as a result of this divorce, will impact you and others so that the best possible outcome is sought after and achieved.

    This plan should have realistic expectations and should only occur after a full and honest discussion with your attorney.
  • Discuss risks and benefits of each goal with your attorney.
  • Discuss the legal costs of each goal with your attorney.
  • Write down your goals before you go see the attorney and review each one in conference with him or her.
  • Get your financial paperwork, and any other evidence, together as soon as you believe it is possible you may go through a divorce. You should find it or be prepared to lose it.
  • Stay educated throughout the divorce.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions. There are no “stupid questions”.
  • Make appointments if you cannot reach the attorney by phone.
  • If you don’t understand a legal document then say so. Don’t remain silent.
  • Don’t sign what you don’t understand. The attorney will answer your question if you ask.
  • Be fair.
  • Be reasonable.
  • Share the parenting powers set out by the law with the other parent unless there is a special reason not to do so.

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