It’s easy for a person fed up with the struggle of a divorce to simply walk away. He or she might agree that fighting for assets or compensation is just a waste of time and energy, a frustration that isn’t worth the stress.
Attorneys hate to hear this, not because it means the clients aren’t advocating for more compensation, but because the reality is that both partners deserve to be treated fairly during a divorce. You have needs following a divorce, and the decisions you make in your settlement agreement can impact you for many years to come.
One thing you can do to help avoid getting overwhelmed by the divorce is to sit down and decide what you absolutely need out of the divorce and what you can negotiate on. Sit down with your attorney to educate yourself on the law and what to expect. For instance, if you bought the family home and shared in the costs over time, it is fair for you to seek that home in your negotiations or to seek a fair payment in exchange for your share of the family home.
Some people walk away because they are hurt or frustrated by the other party. They may think that the sooner they break off from the situation, the happier they’ll be. Stop before you simply walk away and let your spouse have whatever he or she wants. If you don’t stand up for yourself now, you could come to regret it in the future. Your attorney will help you fight for what you need to be financially secure in the days to come. Our site has more on what you can do to prepare for divorce.