An unhappy marriage can be an enormous emotional burden to carry for which there are usually three options — stay with things as they are, improve the relationship or leave. Couples in Alabama who want to try and work things out sometimes choose to attend marriage counseling. However, if while still attending counseling it becomes clear that moving forward with the marriage is not the right decision, then it might be time to start preparing for divorce.
No one wants to come out on the other side of divorce with his or her finances in tatters, so looking at money early on is a good idea. One should consider how much money he or she has and how much is necessary to start things anew. This means considering things like rent and utilities, but also health insurance. Many people who get insurance through their spouse’s work often forget about this cost until they have already lost their coverage.
Parents should also be sure to prioritize their children early on in the process. Creating a child custody agreement requires careful thought and consideration from both parents, and should always reflect the child’s best interests. Parents who are worried about their post-divorce finances but expect to receive primary custody may also want to keep in mind that child support will likely come into play.
It can be disheartening to try and work things out only to end up filing for divorce anyway. This is not an indication of failure though, but is instead a sign that a couple ultimately found the correct path for them. Being as prepared as possible to go down that path is important, so speaking with an attorney who is knowledgeable in Alabama family law might be helpful.