The end of your marriage is something that might come as a shock. Even if you are the one who filed for divorce, the deterioration that led to the filing might have been unforeseen. If you are facing a surprise divorce, you need to make sure that you know what options you have.
There are several things that you have to think about. Each point must be considered individually so that you can ensure your rights are being respected in each case. We can help you as you work out the terms of your divorce.
Presence of a prenuptial agreement
One thing that can impact your divorce is a prenuptial agreement. If you have one of these documents, you need to take the time to review the terms stated in it since these terms will govern the divorce. Of course, there might be some points that aren't covered in the prenuptial agreement. Those will need to be handled separately since the prenuptial agreement doesn't apply.
Mediation can work out issues
As you work through the issues that aren't covered in your prenuptial agreement, you can use mediation. This puts you in control, at least partially, of what happens. When you are working out the terms through mediation, you can expect some back and forth as you and your ex are negotiating the terms.
Think about the children
If you have children, you can go through mediation to determine the terms of the child custody agreement. You must ensure that the children's best interests are at the heart of the negotiations. The court will consider this when reviewing the terms. We can help you to ensure that you understand the laws that apply to your case.