Divorce can occur at any stage of life, whether you are in your twenties or facing retirement. Couples who married young and who are considering divorce while still in their 20s or early 30s will likely face different challenges than their older counterparts. If you are young and considering divorce, it is important to have a clear understanding of your rights and obligations as you move forward. While it may be difficult to watch others getting married as you watch your marriage dissolve, understanding your rights and options can help you prepare for a better future.
When divorcing at a young age, it is important to protect your personal and financial interests and your rights involving children. Our Birmingham divorce attorneys understand the complex issues faced by younger couples who have decided to dissolve their marriage. Whether you own a home, want to protect custody, or are concerned about the division of credit card debt, we are here to help.
In addition to the legal struggles faced by young couples, many also face pressure and judgment from outsiders. Religious couples may worry about the implications of divorce. Remember that your situation is unique and that it is important to make the best decisions for yourself and your family. Some marriages cannot be repaired and it is best to make the decision as soon as possible so that you can move forward and start a new life. Some marital issues, including addiction or alcoholism and abuse, will not improve over time. Victims of domestic violence and other deeper problems in the home should get professional help as they transition through divorce.
Regardless of your reasons for ending the marriage, your rights and financial security are a priority. In addition to protecting your assets, you want to be sure that you get the spousal and child support you need. If you are the breadwinner or sole provider, you also want to be certain that your support obligations are manageable. If you and your spouse own a home, you will have to decide whether to keep the family home or sell it and split the assets. Many young couples also have student loans or other debts. Remember that debts are considered marital property so it is important to understand what obligations you may face regarding shared debts.
In addition to financial concerns, young couples with children will have the stress of determining custody and visitation arrangements. If you are divorcing young it is likely that your children are young too. Even if your children aren’t old enough to understand divorce, they may be impacted by the stress of moving or new custody arrangements. Putting the best interests of your children first can help you and your spouse come to an amicable and long-term solution. An experienced advocate can also help you protect your rights to custody and visitation. Divorce at a young age can be difficult, but for many couples, marriage too young can result in a broken union. Taking an honest look at your marriage will help you make the best decisions for yourself and your children.
Contact Birmingham divorce and family law attorney Steven Eversole at (866) 831-5292.
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