Divorce is often billed as an expensive, time-consuming process that leaves people worse off than before. This prevailing misconception might even discourage unhappy couples from seeking otherwise necessary divorces. By managing expectations, focusing on financial goals and compromising when necessary, Alabama couples can effectively tackle their family law issues.
There is little denying that divorce is just as much an emotional process as it is a legal one. Divorcees are often frustrated and angry for any number of reasons, and these emotions can affect how they handle their respective situations. However, individuals may want to find a better outlet for their anger that does not involve fighting their ex over every small matter. While it might feel justified in the moment, the cost can quickly add up.
For parents, this also means managing expectations of what post-divorce parenting looks like. Fixating on a single idea of parenthood can lead some parents to unnecessarily fight over custody plans that benefit themselves more than their children. Some parents soon realize that the money spent litigating these matters can be better spent on their children, too.
Filing for divorce does not have to mean that a person gives up their sense of financial security. In many situations, divorcees come out on the other side of divorce with a secure foundation for their financial future. This does not magically happen, though. Instead, individuals in Alabama should be certain that they understand the implication of various family law decisions, including the differences between litigated and mediated divorces.