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Should I wait to file for divorce?

On Behalf of | Sep 17, 2020 | Divorce |

There is often a sense of urgency when one realizes that there is no happy future for his or her marriage. It might even feel like filing for divorce right away is the only option. However, there are valid reasons why someone in Alabama might choose to wait.

Uncertainty when it comes to housing is just one of those reasons. Nearly 40% of people in America want to move out of crowded cities and into less populated areas, and many families are not sure where they will be living long term. It could be advantageous to wait until the issue of housing is sorted out, especially for parents who have school aged children. It could be difficult for a child to enroll in a new school and then transfer to a different school after his or her parents’ divorce.

Another reason to consider waiting is if a family’s primary earner is out of work. Child support and alimony are generally calculated based on income from an employer, so securing necessary support will not be easy if the breadwinner is not working. This support is especially important for women who left the workforce to raise children or act as caregivers for loved ones.

Waiting to file for divorce is not always easy, but that does not mean it is too early to take action. For example, collecting necessary financial information and documents is a good way to prepare for divorce beforehand. Since there are other helpful steps one might want to take before filing, it could be helpful to go ahead and speak with an attorney who is well versed in Alabama family law.