Centuori & Associates, PC

Ending a marriage is one of the most significant events that will occur within the lives of many Arizona residents. The implications of this decision will reverberate for many years to come, which is why it is so important to make wise choices during the divorce process. In order to do so, spouses must have access to trusted professionals who can answer questions and provide guidance throughout the process. These professionals make up one's "divorce team," and can have a great deal of impact on the eventual outcome.

The first step in building a divorce team involves selecting the right family law attorney. It is essential to choose an attorney who is able and willing to give one's case the attention that it deserves, and who is available to answer any questions as the process moves forward. Spouses should be wary of an attorney's office that seems to function as a sort of legal "assembly line," where cases and clients are processed at high volume and with minimal interpersonal contact. It is worth the time and effort to meet with several attorneys in order to find the best possible fit.

Next, spouses should consider adding a financial advisor to their team. Look for an advisor who specializes in divorce, as he or she will be well-versed in the many long-term ramifications for various divorce decisions. For example, the decision of whether to retain the family home is an important one, and one that depends on a great many financial calculations about taxation, maintenance costs and the income stability of the retaining spouse. An advisor can run the numbers for virtually all divorce decisions and provide guidance in making the best possible choices.

Finally, many Arizona spouses should consider including a mental health professional on their divorce team. Going through a period of counseling during this difficult time can have a number of benefits. In many cases, therapy related to a divorce can help reduce stress, gain confidence in decision-making and provide a much-needed outlet to vent fears, anger and other emotional responses to the divorce. Counseling may only be a short-term need, but the long-term benefits can be significant.

Source: U.S. News & World Report, "7 Financial Steps to Take When Getting a Divorce", Maryalene Laponsie, Aug. 7, 2015

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