Never leave your marital home.
If you want a good position in obtaining a fair custody arrangement and reduce financial burdens, do not move out of your home. This is one of the mistakes and can start you at a disadvantage. Day-to-day care of children is one of the most influential factors when it comes to determining the custody.
If you did leave your home, and it happened that your children stay with your wife, the court will see your wife as the primary caregiver. And once that status has been found, it may be hard to change and convince the judge once you move forward.
Study the divorce laws of your state.
You have to do plenty of research on the areas you and your spouse decided on what to divide. You should figure out how your state divides the properties. Every state has different ways on handling custody and child support. You should also familiarize the alimony laws of your state.
Consult Your Lawyer.
It is a good idea to meet and consult someone who is expert at your state’s divorce and family laws. Many good attorneys offer free consultation, and even when there is a charge, it is still worth it to get the informations that you can trust.
A lawyer can explain, advice and will make you understand on how the divorce process works and what’s the best things to do.
Familiarize with alternative resolution methods.
Divorce can be time-consuming, contentious and expensive if you don’t have any agreement outside the court. Negotiating your own settlement is always preferable. Litigation is something that you should avoid at all cost.