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Broaden Your Knowledge About Divorce Laws

Nov 14, 2007
Going through a divorce can be particularly difficult for both parties. Therefore, traditional litigation is not always the answer. One alternative is divorce mediation. With divorce mediation, a mediator is present. The job of a mediator is to help the couple come to an agreement that works for both. Since the mediator is a neutral third party, they will ensure that both parties receive a fair deal. A mediator is versed in the laws as they pertain to custody, visitation, child support, alimony, property division and much more.

Another alternative that many divorcing couples are considering is collaborative law. Collaborative law allows both parties to maintain a professional divorce team. This will help both parties to avoid litigation, but will still give each of them strong legal representation.

Division of property is usually a sticking point with couples. The laws are fairly clear as to how property is divided up. In order to make this part of the divorce run smoothly, make sure that you set your priorities as to what you want and be willing to compromise.

Divorce can have a large effect on your taxes. Therefore, be sure to know exactly what the divorce laws have to say about taxes and divorce. You will need to establish what exemptions each party is entitled to.

If you are covered under your soon-to-be ex-spouses health insurance, you will need to know what your legal options are. Some laws provide provisions that you can remain covered for a pre-determined amount of time. Therefore, be sure to check out what your rights are, as you will not want to be without health insurance for an extended period of time.

Each state has their own laws as to why a couple may file for divorce. In some states, there are a variety of reasons people can file for divorce. On the other hand, there are states that allow divorce for only one reason.

If you are looking to do a quickie divorce or file for the divorce yourself, there is an abundance of divorce kits filled with information you will need to file for divorce. Since these kits cost considerably less than hiring a divorce lawyer, this may be a great alternative if money is tight and you are willing to do some research. When purchasing a kit, make sure that it has accurate, up to date divorce law information. Furthermore, you will also need to make sure the laws apply to your particular state.

With the extreme variation of the divorce laws, it is clear to see why lawyers specialize in divorce, verses general law. Whether you are planning to file the divorce yourself or hire a professional, make sure that you are abreast of the divorce laws as they pertain to your particular situation and state.
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Alex Olson is a professional journalist. Her articles about divorce, its laws, facts and much more are highly popular among men and women. Read and learn more about this social issue.
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