The end of a marriage can be a troublesome time, and each Arizona couple will have a unique set of challenges to face as they make this life transition. For many spouses, the news that the marriage was ending was something of a surprise, and it can be difficult to come to terms with the sudden shift of focus that divorce demands. Often, spouses who were unaware that their partner wanted a divorce will have trouble accepting that reality. Unfortunately, that can place them at a distinct disadvantage during divorce negotiations.
It is absolutely critical that spouses face the reality that they are now on opposing sides from the person with whom they have built a life. This means accepting that their spouse does not necessarily have their best interests at heart. As such, it is important to make decisions that support one's own financial needs during the process of divorce.
For example, spouses need to make property decisions in light of their projected financial needs, and not based on emotions. It is also important to ensure that all property division terms have been carried out by the time the divorce papers are signed. Be sure that the process of transferring any retirement or investment accounts is complete prior to signing, and that any insurance changes, estate planning modifications and other paperwork issues are also handled. Once the papers have been signed, it can be an uphill battle to get these matters ironed out.
The best way to ensure that one's interests are being properly looked after is to hire an Arizona divorce attorney to handle the process on one's behalf. Having a professional to turn to with questions or concerns can help a spouse make the best possible decisions. It can also make sure that all of the bases are covered for those who have been blindsided with news of a divorce.
Source: Forbes, "How To Survive Divorce After 50", Tania Brown, Sept. 29, 2016