If you and your spouse have decided to separate, it can be difficult to get your bearings as you discover that many details will need attention in addition to your normal routine. While it may be tempting to sit back and hope things sort themselves out, one of the first things you should do is seek legal advice. If you find yourself picking up the phone to do just that and have stopped short because you’re not sure what to say, here are a few important questions you’ll want to ask:
- How Can I Reduce Legal Fees? The fact of the matter is that divorces cost money. Even if you are currently separated and haven’t yet confirmed you will proceed with divorce, you should know how much you need to go through whatever steps come next. It’s always important to ask how you can limit the amount you pay in legal fees as an early step.
- What Are My Rights? Another important question that may come to mind when seeking legal advice is what rights you have. Do you automatically get to stay in your home? How will your joint accounts be split? Knowing your rights and the guidelines for a successful separation can go a long way to ease your mind and give you a clear plan of action.
- How Can I Protect the Children? One of your priorities will likely be how to keep your children safe and in their normal routine as much as possible. When seeking legal advice, you may find that there are several things you can do to work with your spouse to provide a stable environment for your children.
- Should I See a Counselor? This is an important question to ask when seeking legal advice during a separation, and most legal professionals would tell you yes! Seeing a counselor not only helps you work through your own mental and emotional barriers, but can also be beneficial for your children.
At Collaborative Divorce Waterloo Region, we offer well-rounded solutions with our collaborative family law practice, including assistance from legal, family, and financial professionals. Reach out to us today for legal advice surrounding your separation or divorce.