If you and your spouse have decided to divorce, you likely know that this is an emotional decision even if you feel that divorce is the right choice for your family. However, there are some challenges that come with a divorce that you may not be immediately aware of. If you live in South Carolina, here are some aspects of family law that you should prepare for.
Divorce can be expensive
Once you and your ex attend a family law hearing, you’ll receive a ruling for child custody and child and spousal support. If you’ve been the stay-at-home parent in your family, you may have to get a part-time or full-time job to cover the bills after your divorce. You may find that your standard of living is significantly affected even if you’re receiving spousal support. If you have to get a job to bring in enough income for your household, you may also have to make arrangements for childcare, which can create another substantial expense.
If you are the spouse paying alimony, you’ll have to budget so that you can still maintain your household while making sure that your payments are submitted to your ex by the date agreed upon. You’ll also have to make adjustments to your budget if you’re responsible for paying child support since failure to pay could land you back in court.
Coparenting requires communication
Once you and your spouse decide that divorce is the only option, you’ll have to come up with a plan to co-parent if you have children. This means that you may need to meet with a mediator before or after your court hearing.
An unbiased party can help you come up with a plan that serves the best interest of the children. You may be surprised at the overwhelming emotions you experience, so assistance from a third party can help reduce conflict and reduce some of the stress associated with divorce.