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5 Divorce Tips for Men and Fathers

Posted on in Divorce/Family Law

Waukesha County divorce attorney men fathersOften, men and fathers do not take steps to protect their rights in a divorce, because they believe that women and mothers are always favored in the decisions made in family court. However, if you are a man or father going through a divorce, you should know that you have certain rights, and you do not have to let a divorce hurt your finances and your future. Here are five tips that can help you survive your divorce: 

1. Ensure Your Assets Are Protected 

Wisconsin is a community property state, meaning that property a couple acquired during their marriage is distributed equally between both spouses so that each one leaves the marriage with about the same amount of assets and debts. Although Wisconsin courts usually favor equal property division, they may deviate from it after considering several factors, such as the length of the marriage, the property each spouse brought to the marriage, and each spouse’s contributions to the marriage. By seeking experienced legal representation, you can ensure your assets are protected. 

2. Advocate for Your Custody and Visitation Rights

In the event you and your soon to be ex have children, you will need to determine how to divide or share child custody and determine visitation schedules. You should know that full custody is not automatically granted to women or mothers. If you have been closely involved in your children’s lives, you should discuss your options with a divorce lawyer to determine whether you can pursue full or joint custody. 

3. Make Your Children a Top Priority

Throughout the divorce process, keep your children’s best interests in mind. Avoid making negative statements about their other parent, spend time with them by participating in their favorite sports or hobbies, and constantly remind them that you love them. 

4. Create a Budget and Stick to It

A divorce will likely change your financial situation. To keep yourself out of financial trouble and avoid adding more stress to your life, you should create a new budget and follow it as closely as possible. For guidance on a post-divorce budget, consult an experienced financial advisor. 

5. Stay Up to Date on Payments

If you are required to pay spousal support or child support, you should stay current on these payments. Even if you believe they are unfair, failing to pay can lead to legal trouble. If there has been a change in your life, such as a lost job, which has resulted in your inability to make payments, speak to a divorce lawyer about your options for modifying your support order. 

Contact Our Experienced Waukesha County Divorce Attorneys

If you are a man or father who is going through a divorce, it is in your best interests to consult our experienced Delafield divorce lawyers. We can help protect your rights and advocate for your interests, allowing you to continue having a relationship with your children and maintain financial stability as you move on to the next phase of your life. Call us at 262-203-4916 to schedule a free consultation.

Sources:

http://theweek.com/articles/459477/8-financial-tips-men-getting-divorce 

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