Why setting priorities is key when filing for divorce

On Behalf of | May 22, 2023 | Divorce

Setting clear priorities before filing for divorce is essential for individuals who are hoping to navigate the process effectively and achieve a fair and favorable outcome. 

As Washington is a community property state, it is especially important for each spouse to understand which assets are worth fighting for, as the value of the marital estate will be divided equally in the event of litigation, so – whether spouses hope to negotiate or litigate – understanding which “half” of shared assets one wants will help to clarify the divorce process.  

Making informed decisions

Prioritizing what matters most in terms of assets and debts can help individuals negotiate a fair division during the divorce process. Identifying and prioritizing assets that hold significant financial or sentimental value can guide individuals in making informed decisions during property division discussions. It can also help them understand which assets they are willing to compromise on and which ones they want to fight for.

For couples with children, establishing clear priorities regarding child custody and support is crucial. This includes determining the desired custody arrangement, visitation schedules and the financial support needed to ensure the well-being of a couple’s children. By setting priorities in advance, individuals can focus their efforts on advocating for what they believe is in the best interest of their children.

Going through a divorce can be emotionally challenging. Setting clear priorities allows individuals to identify what is most important to them and focus on those aspects during the process. It can also help individuals to protect their emotional well-being by avoiding unnecessary conflicts or disputes over less significant matters. When individuals are unsure of how to prioritize different interests during a divorce, seeking legal guidance can be helpful. 

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