While divorce can be an emotionally wrenching experience that can also deplete a party of their savings, wise use of the divorce laws can help any spouse ensure that he or she will have financial security and favorable custody arrangements.
Child custody laws do vary from state-to-state, but many use the same basic guidelines in determining which parent should have primary custody. You should diligently follow these guidelines and accumulate evidence from friends or others as well as documentary proof, when available, to show how you can provide the best home and opportunities for your child while ensuring that the noncustodial spouse has reasonable visitation.
For couples with substantial assets or where one spouse is bringing considerably more assets to the relationship, a prenuptial agreement can favor either side if it is thoroughly and fairly drafted with both parties having full knowledge of the others finances. While most prenuptial agreements would seem to ensure that the less well-off spouse obtains a limited amount of assets if the relationship dissolves, it can also provide that the poorer spouse is financially stable and is not burdened with the debts of the other.
Spousal support can be essential for a spouse who has made vital non-monetary contributions to a marriage, has given up a career or education, or who is older and less capable of self-support. A skilled divorce attorney can use the spousal support or maintenance laws to show that his or her client is entitled to financial support from the other for life or for a certain period.
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