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What are the Most Important Legal Matters to Attend to Following Your Divorce?

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Most people understand an attorney is an essential part of a successful divorce, but fewer are prepared for the legal issues that arise once their marriage is over. Though you might feel relief following your divorce, there are still a number of loose ends that need tying up before you can officially move on with your new life. A family attorney can help you manage these issues and support you through the decision-making that needs to be done in the weeks and months following your divorce.

What are some of the legal issues that are likely to arise following your divorce?

Estate Planning Issues

Divorce changes the structure of your family. Many times estate planning issues are resolved during the divorce proceedings, but if anything is unresolved after your divorce, you will need to take care of it as soon as possible. Just as you did when you were married and made arrangements for your estate, you must continue to plan for the worst case scenario once your marriage is over. Additionally, if you, or your former spouse, choose to remarry in the future, estate planning issues can also arise.

Real Estate Issues

Many couples find that selling their family home is the best option during or after their divorce. In some cases, selling a home is a financial necessity or something that is required in the divorce settlement. Listing and selling a co-owned home with your former spouse can be a complicated process. Make sure all details of the sale are in order and reviewed by both family law and real estate professionals.

Parenting and Custody Issues

The majority of custody issues will be resolved during the divorce proceedings, but it is possible to change the custody arrangement if issues arise down the road. If you or your former spouse must relocate out of the area or either of your schedules change and it affects the time you have to spend with your children, it might be necessary to alter the existing parenting plan. In order to ensure changes made to the plan are legal and fair, it is important to consult with a family law attorney before submitting the changes to the court.

Additionally, if you have reason to be concerned about your child’s well-being regarding the custody arrangement, you can request a change. If you believe your child’s mother or father is making poor choices that expose your child to harm, you are legally entitled to take action to protect your child.

Do you have questions about legal matters that have arisen after your divorce? Do you feel as if you need legal representation regarding an issue related to your child or former spouse? Michele Cline can help. Contact her to schedule a consultation to discuss your case.

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