No one joins their beloved at the wedding alter assuming they’ll end up in a lengthy, stressful, and potentially expensive divorce. But according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 800,000 divorces are filed annually nationwide. Thousands of people still put off the inevitable worrying over how much their future freedom will end up costing them. The truth is that all depends on a number of factors including the contestation level and the team you have working your case. But just who are the key players you need on your side during your Michigan divorce?
A Strong Personal Support System
Regardless of how complicated or simple the actual divorce may be, you’ll always need a personal support system. This group of people should be composed of close friends and family members you can truly trust to listen and support your emotional and mental needs during this life stage. Choose those who are always in your corner and will give you straight advice to help benefit your future regardless of whether you want to hear it.
A Personal/Couples/Family Counselor or Therapist
Divorce can feel like an emotional rollercoaster, and quite often it can seem impossible to balance those emotions. While time does heal most wounds, such strong emotions can cause poor decisions which may affect your current situation or possibly even make the future much more difficult. Your divorce team should include a competent therapist who can help you keep your focus on the financial aspect of the divorce while maintaining emotional balance. He or she may also be able to help your children transition through this especially difficult time so everyone comes out healthier and happier on the other side.
A Competent Michigan Divorce Attorney
Rupert Murdoch historically had the most expensive divorce in history. But chances are your divorce won’t cost anywhere near $1.7 billion. Michigan is a no-fault divorce state, but that doesn’t guarantee your divorce will go uncontested. The final costs depend on the complexity of the procedure. Therefore, you could be looking at spending anywhere between a few hundred to $25,000. A competent Michigan divorce attorney who devotes at least 75% of their practice to divorce cases can help expedite matters and save you money in the long run… as long as you don’t let your emotions overrule common sense and professional advice.
A Good Mediator
Regardless of original intent, divorce can bring out the worst in even the best people. Rather than waste hundreds or thousands of dollars fighting over a chipped gravy boat, a third party can be brought in to help the couple work through their differences and decide how to fairly and mutually split their assets. This third party is known as a divorce mediator, and they can save you time, money, and unnecessary stress during your divorce.
A Financial Planner
If your post-divorce finances are expected to be complicated or excessive, you may need a divorce financial planner. This specific team member will be ready for the Michigan divorce process and be able to develop the best strategy for your future financial planning and divorce settlement tax requirements or implications. He or she may also be able to develop a reasonable strategy to help ensure your future financial success via assets, real estate, and business liabilities. When you’re ready to plan your future, give Michigan Divorce Help a call.