When “I Do” Becomes “I Don’t”

I don’t think anyone who says “I do” plans on later saying “I don’t.” But here you are, and there are a lot of things to think about. What assets and debts have you and your spouse accumulated during your marriage, and how will they be divided? If you have children together, what parenting time schedule do you envision? How much child support will you owe or be owed? What about spousal maintenance (alimony)? The list goes on.

We at the Carroll Law Firm PLC can help you answer these questions and more. We can serve as mediators if you and your spouse want to try and agree to the terms of your divorce with minimal court involvement. We can represent you in an uncontested or a contested divorce action. We can help you with a legal separation. No matter what route the end of your marriage takes, we will protect your interests and help you navigate through this difficult time.

If you and your spouse have children, your divorce decree will end your marriage, but it will not end your relationship with each other. As I recently heard a judge say, “A divorce ends a marriage; it does not end a family.” For that reason, you may want to think not only about the concrete terms of your divorce, but what your relationship with your spouse will look like in the future. Think about birthday parties, school events, soccer games. . . . What if your spouse wants a few extra days of parenting time because his or her relatives are in town? What if you need your spouse to pick the kids up at school on “your” day because you have a late meeting at work? How flexible are you willing to be, knowing that you may need to ask for some flexibility sometimes, too?

If you are facing the end of your marriage, please know that we are here to discuss your options with you. Please call us at (623) 551-9366 if you would like to schedule a free thirty-minute consultation. Now and always, we wish you the best.


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