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Recommended questions to ask during the divorce process

California couples who are facing the daunting prospect of the termination of their marriage may have plenty of questions for their attorneys. Experts agree that some of those questions are more important than others. First, understanding the costs that may be incurred is essential. Legal fees can vary greatly depending on how complicated the divorce process becomes and how long it takes.

Some individuals may feel overwhelmed and not know what exactly is expected of them regarding documentation and personal information. Some of the information that may need to be shared with the court during the divorce process include bank statements and tax returns in order to determine possible alimony awards. Those filing for divorce in California must share a preliminary disclosure declaration with their former partner that details their financial situation. This is required in order to help determine which individual may be required to provide spousal support and can be helpful in determining property division arrangements.

If couples who are divorcing have children, there may be additional questions, including how child custody and support are determined. Those couples who cannot agree about the custody and visitation plans for their children may be required to utilize the services of a mediator in order to come to an amicable arrangement. A judge may also recommend that divorcing parents keep a journal documenting parenting time and other relevant information.

Knowing what questions to ask could lead to a divorce agreement that both parties can be satisfied with. An experienced family law attorney may be able to connect divorcing couples with a mediator, if necessary, and file the necessary paperwork in order to finalize a dissolution of marriage.

Source: Huffington Post, "Asking the right questions in a divorce.", Caroline Choi, December 04, 2013

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