Whether you have one child or five different children from three different marriages, you want to protect your children from problems caused by an imminent divorce or separation. But how do you know whether your split will lead to substantial fighting over child custody and child support? Here are three warning signs that your case could become quite complex.
Warning Sign #1: You have been through this before, or your spouse has.
For instance, let’s say that you married a woman who had two children from a previous marriage. She and her ex spent years in court battling over the fate of their children. In general, what’s past repeats itself; you can probably expect her to engage in similar behaviors in court with you.
Warning sign #2: You have a lot of children, and your marital estate is complicated because it’s very big and/or you have a lot of mutual debt.
Divorces that involve substantial amounts of money and property tend to be complex. They also tend to spark more fighting than simpler divorces do, simply because more is at stake. Conversely, divorces that involve very few assets can also spark fighting because both spouses fight very hard for all assets.
Warning Sign #3: Your spouse has retained an attorney who has a reputation for being aggressive or for behaving dubiously during child custody negotiations.
Protect yourself and your kids by retaining help from a qualified divorce lawyer. To ensure a positive, fair outcome, contact the team here at the Toussaint Law Firm, PC, for a confidential case evaluation.