Divorce is a difficult process for any couple, but when there are snags along the way things are even rougher. Working with an attorney can help you prevent problems and make it easier to work through them when they do arise. What problems might you encounter during the divorce process?


Financial issues are one of the most common in divorce. Sometimes issues that appear to be about other things, such as custody or housing, are actually financial issues. Make sure you understand your current situation and what might change as a result of your divorce. Be open and honest with your attorney so he or she can help you create a strategy for protecting your financial interests.


Custody (now known as parental decision-making responsibilities) is arguably the most important issue in a divorce because the well-being of children are at stake. Custody issues also affect child support issues, which gives it a financial component. The most important thing divorcing couples need to remember is that being a good parent is more important than getting their way. Take time to consider what is truly best for your child, even if it is not exactly what you want. It is also possible to call on child health experts if you are not sure if your personal desires interfere with doing what is best for your child.

In addition to decision-making responsibilities, you might also need to create a parenting plan. Parenting plans provide for a specific visitation schedule for both parents which incorporates a regular schedule as well as holiday and vacation time. If you are concerned about your child’s safety or well-being during parental visits, the court can arrange for supervised visits to protect your child.

Spousal Maintenance

In some divorces spousal maintenance (formerly knows as support or alimony), is a major point of contention. If one spouse feels betrayed or angry over the circumstances he or she might attempt to use spousal support to punish the other spouse. In most cases, there are laws governing how much a spouse can receive for spousal support and the amount is based on the person’s earnings and the recipient’s ability to self-support, not on mistakes made in the marriage.

Divorce can be complicated and the laws governing divorce can be difficult to understand and apply to your situation. This is why it is so important to work with an experienced attorney. If you would like to schedule a consultation or you have questions about your divorce, contact Michele Cline for more information.