Attorney Lauren Fields

Top Ten Things a Parent Needs to Consider When Getting Divorced

By Lauren Fields Jan. 13, 2023

Going through a divorce can be a difficult and emotionally challenging experience, not just for the parents but also for their children. It's important for parents to take steps to minimize the impact of the divorce on their children, and to support them as they navigate this difficult time. Here are a few things to consider for parents going through a divorce:

1.      The well-being of the children: The well-being of the children should be the top priority for both parents during a divorce. This includes ensuring that they have a stable and nurturing environment, as well as addressing any emotional or psychological needs they may have.

2.      Child custody and parenting plans: Parents will need to determine a child custody arrangement that works for everyone involved. This may include shared physical custody, sole custody, or a combination of both.

3.      Division of assets and debts: Parents will need to determine how to divide their assets and debts fairly. This may involve dividing property, dividing retirement accounts, and addressing any outstanding debts.

4.      Alimony or spousal support: Parents may need to consider whether alimony or spousal support is appropriate in their case, and if so, how much should be paid and for how long.

5.      Child support: Parents will need to determine the amount of child support that will be paid and by whom.

6.      Health insurance: Parents will need to determine who will provide health insurance for the children and how the cost will be covered.

7.      Tax implications: Divorce can have significant tax implications, so it's important for parents to consider how the divorce will affect their tax situation.

8.      Retirement accounts: Parents will need to determine how to divide retirement accounts fairly.

9.      Communication with the other parent: It's important for parents to maintain open and honest communication with each other, especially when it comes to matters related to the children.

10.  Legal representation: It may be beneficial for each parent to have their own legal representation to ensure that their rights and interests are protected.