“You don’t get married expecting to get a divorce. Most individuals are not prepared when they walk in my door for the first time. They think they know how divorce works, based on what they’ve heard from friends, seen on TV, or read on the Internet. Your case is different from your sister’s case, friend’s case, and any celebrity’s case you read about, and it will have a unique outcome.”
– Dallas divorce attorney Elizabeth Hunter (D Magazine, Oct. 2011, p. 132)
According to divorce lawyers, the first thing their clients typically say upon meeting with them for the first time is, “I never thought I’d be here.” Chances are you’re thinking the same thing about your current predicament.
If this is your first time getting divorced, you probably have a million questions about the process of divorce and what you can expect going forward. This section is designed to answer those questions and prepare you for the process to come.
Chapter 9 talks about what you can expect throughout the divorce process, and discusses how you should plan and prepare for what lies ahead.
- What to expect when preparing for divorce
- Grounds for divorce
- Legal separation & divorce
- The steps in divorce
- The cost of divorce
- Financial issues you should anticipate
- Information on divorce alimony
- People talking sides
- Common divorce questions
Chapter 10 talks about the different types of divorce, explaining each stage in detail and outlining the pro’s and cons of each approach.
- Steps of divorce
Chapter 11 explores issues related to child custody, everything from which arrangements are best for kids to explanations about how the process of determining child custody works.
- Child custody information
Chapter 12 is full of general advice for divorcing parents, outlining common mistakes and filling you in on many aspects of divorce that you might not be aware of.
- Divorce advice