We have covered the basics of prenuptial agreements and separation agreements, and today we will tell you all about another private contract you can enter with your spouse: a postnuptial agreement. Postnuptial agreements are entered into after marriage (hence the prefix “post”) but before a separation or during a separation, in anticipation of reconciling. Prenuptial Agreements are entered into prior to marriage largely to determine how property and debt will be held by prospective spouses after marriage. Separation Agreements are entered into after separation or immediately before resolving all issues arising out of the marriage (property settlement, debt distribution, and alimony). If the couple intends to divorce after a separation, they will enter into a separation agreement instead of a postnuptial agreement.
What is a postnuptial agreement?
A postnuptial agreement is a binding private contract entered into during a marriage that can address matters relating to property and debt distribution and spousal support in the event of a later separation or divorce. A postnuptial agreement cannot address child support or child custody. This type of agreement allows you to determine for yourself how your marital property will be distributed upon separation, rather than allowing a court to make that decision or negotiating the distribution upon a later separation. You can waive the right to file for equitable distribution with the court upon separation or divorce in a postnuptial agreement, as well.
Many postnuptial agreements address what would happen financially if either spouse had an affair—essentially establishing some financial consequences if adultery was to occur. Once the postnuptial agreement is finalized, each spouse understands the financial impact of what would happen if the marriage failed. It can strengthen each spouse’s commitment to saving the marriage and promote faithfulness if there are specific financial consequences for having an affair.
When should you have a postnuptial agreement?
A postnuptial agreement can be useful when you and your spouse have been going through a rough patch in your relationship, but you want to try to work things out. A postnuptial agreement can also be helpful if one spouse starts a business and does not want the assets or liabilities to become marital property or if a spouse has children from a prior relationship and wants to keep some or all property separate to provide for the children.
A postnuptial agreement can allow you to circumvent negotiations for property and debt distribution and spousal support if you end up separating later. A postnuptial agreement can also allow you to avoid the court system and an equitable distribution lawsuit if you were to head down the divorce path.
How do you make a valid postnuptial agreement?
The postnuptial agreement must be:
Do we each need a lawyer to get a postnuptial agreement?
Yes, it is best for each spouse to retain their own legal representation and receive independent legal advice regarding the terms of the postnuptial agreement. The postnuptial agreement terms may have a spouse waiving significant legal rights to property or spousal support. To ensure that the postnuptial agreement will be upheld in a court of law if ever challenged, you want to ensure that both spouses have their own lawyers.
Please contact our office if you are considering a postnuptial agreement to schedule a consultation.
You have made the difficult decision to separate from your spouse, you have moved out of the marital residence, and now you are trying to address the important day-to-day implications separation has on your finances. Your spouse, however, is angry or in denial about the separation and refuses to negotiate the terms of a separation agreement or sign a separation agreement. In this situation, there are a few things you can do to try to protect yourself financially until you can start settlement negotiations with your spouse in earnest.
What is a Separation Agreement?
A Separation Agreement is a legally binding contract between two spouses who are living separate and apart or who plan to separate immediately after executing the Separation Agreement. The purpose of a Separation Agreement is to address and fully resolve all of the existing marital legal issues prior to divorce. A Separation Agreement is not mandatory, but it is a very useful tool to disentangle your joint finances, distribute your property, assets, and debts, and define your legal obligations post-separation. We generally recommend our clients enter into a Separation Agreement during the course of their separation.
Do I need to have a Separation Agreement to be legally separated?
No, the only thing you need to be “legally” separated is for one spouse to move out of the marital residence, with at least one spouse having the intention for separation to be permanent. Staying in separate bedrooms under the same roof is not considered a separation.
What can be included in a Separation Agreement?
A Separation Agreement may address the following issues: Property Settlement, Spousal Support/Alimony (or waiver of the same), Child Support, and Child Custody. Property Settlement, or the division of the marital estate, details and distributes all of the assets and debts acquired during the marriage, which can include:
One question we often get from clients is if the Separation Agreement can include an obligation for the other parent to help pay for a child’s college education. There is no law that absolutely requires a parent to pay for college expenses. In a Separation Agreement or a College Expenses Agreement, however, you and your spouse may choose to agree to pay for a child’s college expenses. Be sure to seek independent legal advice before entering into a Separation Agreement.
Why do I need a Separation Agreement?
The main reasons are fourfold:
Do I need an attorney to draft a Separation Agreement?
Yes, it is best for both you and your spouse to have your own independent legal representation to draft, review, and advise each of you individually before the Separation Agreement is executed.
How do I make sure that my Separation Agreement contract is upheld?
Both parties should have their own separate attorneys to review the Separation Agreement prior to signing and receive independent legal advice for their individual situations. Independent legal representation prevents one spouse from reneging on the contract and saying he or she did not understand the contents of the contract when he or she signed it.
Each party must attest that they have disclosed all marital assets, liabilities, and income, which allows the parties to enter into the Separation Agreement knowing that the entirety of the marital estate is addressed. When both parties have independent counsel, their attorneys can assist with the full financial disclosure to ensure the contract will be upheld.
Both parties must sign the Agreement and their signatures must be notarized.
How soon can I get divorced?
If you are filing for a no-fault divorce, you can file for divorce one year and one day after your date of separation. If filing for a fault-based divorce in South Carolina, you may be able to file for divorce earlier. Signing a Separation Agreement does not change the waiting period for no-fault divorce, but does give you the peace of mind that the complicated logistics of the division of your marital estate have been addressed prior to filing for divorce.
If you choose to enter into a Separation Agreement, you have control of the outcome of your division of marital assets, custody, and child support, when so much feels out of your control during separation and divorce.
Can I date during my separation?
In North Carolina: Yes, you can begin dating after you are separated from your spouse. You must wait a year and a day after separation to file for divorce and some people choose to begin dating again in that time period. There is nothing unlawful about dating someone new after separation, as long as you are living separate and apart under a different roof from your spouse and you intend the separation to be permanent. However, it is wise to wait for a little while after your separation to begin dating again. It is important to give yourself time to process the divorce and loss of your marriage relationship and avoid the negative effects a new dating partner might have on your property settlement negotiations and child custody arrangement with your spouse. In North Carolina, if your spouse has made allegations of adultery or marital misconduct, it is best not to date until after your divorce is final. Your spouse (and a judge if your case ended up in court) might view moving in with a new dating partner soon after separation as supporting evidence that the adultery alleged actually occurred.
In South Carolina: Generally, no, in South Carolina, you should not date while you are separated. By dating someone other than your spouse, you run the risk of being accused of having a sexual relationship with someone other than your spouse (even if you are not). South Carolina has a black-and-white view of what constitutes adultery; even if you are “separated” in South Carolina, you are still legally married, and having a sexual relationship with someone who is not your spouse is considered adultery. In South Carolina, adultery can adversely affect alimony rights and claims, property settlement rights and claims, and occasionally child custody.
Can I introduce my new partner to my children?
Oftentimes in child custody agreements, there will be a clause that requires you to date a new partner for a certain time period (for example, 3-6 months) before even introducing the partner to your children. Your parenting agreement might also prohibit you from having a new partner stay overnight when the children are with you. If you agreed to those terms in a Separation Agreement or Consent Order for Child Custody, you need to abide by them.
If you leave your marriage and immediately begin living with someone new, your children (and your spouse) will likely be hurt and confused. It will likely have negative consequences on your relationship with your children and on the potential outcome of a child custody agreement with your spouse, if there isn’t one in place.
Why should you wait to date?
Psychologists compare the loss of a marriage relationship as akin to the loss of a loved one through death. People often grieve the loss of a marriage relationship in the same way, by going through the five stages of grief (denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance). In our law practice, we often see the spouse who has chosen to leave the marriage is further along in the grief cycle, sometimes all the way to the “acceptance” stage whereas the other spouse may be in the “denial” or “anger” stage. If you immediately start dating and your spouse is aware, your settlement negotiations could be derailed by the emotional impact on your spouse. We recommend avoiding jumping into a new relationship; it can preserve peace between you and your spouse which may enable you to work out the terms of your separation amicably.
Who will get the kids?
An agreement between parents is always preferable to going to court and having a judge determine your custody arrangement. In an agreement, you and your spouse maintain control over exactly what your custody arrangement looks like and can consider any factors that affect your children’s best interests (like each of the parents’ work schedules, schooling arrangements, extracurricular activities, locations of each of the parents’ homes, the children’s ages and wishes, and so forth). Until there is a custody agreement between the parents, each parent has equal rights to custodial time with the children of the marriage.
When can my child choose the parent with whom they wish to reside?
There is no set age when children get to “choose” their custodial parent. The focus in determining a child custody agreement is what is in the best interest of the child. An older child or teenager’s wishes should be given considerable weight when determining a child custody arrangement with your spouse or the other parent. Teenagers who have their own lives including jobs and extracurricular activities and are able to drive are unlikely to follow a child custody arrangement with which they disagree. Forcing a teen to follow a custody arrangement with which they disagree is likely to cause more harm than good in your relationship with the child. A younger child’s wishes should be considered, but generally should not be determinative. Children often tell both parents they want to live with them. This is typically because children often wish they could have their “old life” back, living with both parents like they used to when their parents were together, and also because children want to please their parents, particularly in times of perceived stress and anxiety.
Is there a custodial preference for mothers over fathers?
No, there is not a custodial preference for mothers over fathers in North or South Carolina. Until a judge orders otherwise, or the parents agree otherwise, two married parents who are separating have equal rights to custody of their children. We have seen that children benefit from strong relationships with both of their parents. An experienced family law attorney can provide ample guidance to parents questioning what schedule might be in the best interests of their children, as there are many variations of parenting time schedules. The best schedule is the one that works well for your own family.
If parents share custody, does anyone pay child support?
It depends. The Child Support Guidelines in both North Carolina and South Carolina determine if and how much child support should be paid. The child support obligations are loosely based upon how many nights per year a child spends with each parent. In North Carolina, for example, child support for shared custody is determined by using the Child Support Guidelines “Worksheet B.” If parents share custody of the children equally, you enter in the following information on Worksheet B to determine if child support is owed:
Can I move?
Yes, you are legally able to move wherever you would like. If you have children, however, you may not have the legal right to bring them with you when you move. If there is no custody order or agreement in place, each parent has equal legal rights to the children. If you are separated and want to move the children out-of-state or far away from the other parent, you must inform the other parent and get their approval to take the kids with you. If the other parent does not agree and you move with the children anyway, the other parent could file for an emergency, expedited, or temporary order in court which could force you to bring the children back to their home state. If you move with the children and do not inform the other parent of the children’s whereabouts, the legal consequences could be dire. Courts take a parent’s constitutional right to parent his or her children very seriously and moving without informing the other parent is not likely to provide you with the outcome you desire in your custody case.
In most circumstances, it is best for children to have access to and a meaningful relationship with both of their parents. Moving children far away from one of their parents can have major legal and emotional consequences for you and for the children. Consult with an attorney for more information and guidance on your specific custody situation, as we understand these situations are nuanced and complicated.
My spouse cheated on me/I cheated on my spouse, how will that affect my case?
If you engage in a sexual relationship with someone who is not your spouse prior to your date of divorce, that is considered adultery in both North and South Carolina.
If you engage in a sexual relationship with someone who is not your spouse prior to separation (in North Carolina) or the signing of a final settlement agreement or date of divorce (in South Carolina), that act of adultery could result in significant legal and financial ramifications.
If you are the dependent spouse seeking alimony, but the supporting spouse has evidence you committed adultery, you will be barred from receiving alimony. On the other hand, if you are the supporting spouse, you committed adultery, and your spouse has evidence of the adultery, you will likely be required to pay alimony.
My spouse is moving in with his or her new partner (or I want to move in with mine); how does that affect my case?
To prove “cohabitation” in North Carolina, the supporting spouse must show that a dependent spouse is living with someone else in a romantic relationship that provides economic benefits similar to those that are provided in a marriage relationship.
“Cohabitation” in South Carolina is defined as when the supporting spouse can prove that the dependent spouse has resided with another person in a romantic relationship for more than 90 consecutive days.
If you are seeking to collect spousal support as a dependent spouse, but then move in with a new dating partner, you will likely not be eligible to receive spousal support. The reasoning behind this rule is that your former spouse should not have to provide financial support for you when you are living with another adult who can theoretically provide the same type of support. If you are currently receiving spousal support as a dependent spouse, but then begin cohabitating with your dating partner, spousal support will typically terminate.
If you are the supporting spouse and find out that your former spouse who receives spousal support/alimony has begun cohabitating, you can request that alimony be terminated.
Do we have to sell the house?
It depends. There is a presumption in both North Carolina and South Carolina that all of the marital assets and debts will be split equitably between spouses, which includes both the equity in the house and the mortgage debt. If one spouse wishes to keep the house, that spouse must figure out how to do two things: First, the spouse keeping the house must remove the other spouse’s name from the mortgage loan (typically either by refinance, payoff, or assumption), and second, the spouse keeping the house must find a way to pay the other spouse their portion of the equity in the home, if any. For example, the spouse keeping the house might provide the other spouse with a greater portion of marital savings accounts or brokerage accounts in an equivalent value to the other spouse’s portion of the equity in the home. Oftentimes, however, the largest asset couples have is their home and there is no other way to provide each spouse with 50% of the equity in the home except to sell the home and divide the equity proceeds resulting from the sale.
Do I have to share my retirement/401(k) savings?
It depends. If you have retirement savings that you accumulated prior to marriage, those funds would typically be considered “separate property” and not subject to division in divorce. Retirement savings and 401(k) account funds that have accumulated during the course of the marriage are considered “marital property,” and are subject to equitable apportionment between the spouses. If you both have close to an equal amount of retirement savings in each of your individual retirement accounts, you might both keep your individual accounts without splitting them. If one spouse has saved most of the retirement for the couple in his or her individual 401(k) account, then the other spouse is typically entitled to half of the funds. That being said, dividing the marital estate is a creative math problem. If you keep your full 401(k) account in the divorce, is there another way to allocate to your spouse the equivalent of 50% of your 401(k) savings? Could you provide your spouse with a greater portion of the equity in the home? Are there other liquid accounts your spouse could be allocated? This is a situation where you definitely need to consult with a lawyer to figure out the best way to divide your marital retirement accounts fairly without incurring extra fees and expenses.
Can I get (or will I have to pay) alimony in North Carolina?
Alimony is not automatically awarded in North Carolina. North Carolina has a need-based approach to alimony; one spouse must need alimony to maintain the standard of living they became accustomed to during the course of the marriage and the other spouse must have the ability to pay alimony. The “supporting spouse” would pay alimony to the “dependent spouse” to cover the dependent spouse’s needs that they cannot afford on their own.
In North Carolina, if adultery was committed by the dependent spouse (even if the dependent spouse needs alimony), however, this behavior bars the dependent spouse from receiving alimony. If the supporting spouse has committed adultery (and the supporting spouse has the ability to pay), then the dependent spouse will be awarded alimony.
Do we really have to live apart for a year before we can get a divorce, or can we just sleep in separate bedrooms?
Yes, in both North Carolina and South Carolina to file for a no-fault divorce you must live separate and apart in separate homes for one year and one day before you can file for divorce. Staying in separate bedrooms under the same roof is not sufficient in either state to qualify as a “separation.” Filing and receiving the divorce decree is the final step in the separation and divorce process, but in the year-long interim period, you can address all of the other issues related to the divorce such as child custody, child support, equitable distribution, and spousal support/alimony.
What if my spouse doesn’t want to get divorced?
Your spouse cannot deny you a divorce and you do not need your spouse’s “permission” to file for a divorce. If you meet the requirements to file for divorce, you can proceed whether your spouse wants to be divorced or not. An uncooperative spouse does not need to agree to the divorce for it to be granted by a judge; however, your spouse must be served with proper notice that you filed for divorce. After service, if your spouse ignores the lawsuit, your divorce will still typically be granted in the end. Bear in mind that all marital financial issues (i.e., equitable distribution and spousal support/alimony) must be resolved prior to the issuance of a final divorce decree.
What if my spouse won’t leave the house to start the separation period?
If your spouse refuses to leave the shared marital residence and you want to keep things amicable and low-cost, you may have to be the spouse who initiates the separation by leaving temporarily. There are sometimes other legal avenues to attempt to remove your spouse from the marital residence, but the other legal options can be expensive, time-consuming, and not conducive to reaching a settlement with your spouse in the long term. As a side note: you cannot just change the locks after your spouse leaves for work one day and not permit your spouse to reenter the home unless you have filed for and been granted a domestic violence protective order. Generally, locking your spouse out is not the best way to initiate an amicable divorce.
Do we have to go to mediation?
No, not necessarily. Oftentimes couples can agree upon how to divide their marital estate, what their parenting time schedule will be, set a child support obligation, and determine spousal support/alimony on their own or with the assistance of attorney(s) prior to proceeding to mediation.
If a couple disagrees upon any of the above-mentioned issues and cannot find a resolution, the couple may benefit from participating in mediation to work out the details of their divorce. A mediator is a neutral third party who is usually an attorney or a retired judge. Mediators assist the parties in working through their disagreements and finding a workable and satisfactory overall resolution. Couples can participate in mediation without attorney representation, but in North Carolina, please note that a mediator cannot draft a separation agreement. If you come to an agreement in mediation in North Carolina without attorneys, you will have to take your list of agreed-upon points to a separate attorney to draft the separation agreement. If you are represented by attorneys during the mediation and you are able to resolve your case, you and your spouse would sign a separation agreement drafted by one of your attorneys. In South Carolina, a mediator is permitted to draft a mediated settlement agreement for parties who are not represented by attorneys, which can save a ton of money for spouses who cannot afford two attorneys.
How long does a divorce take?
In North Carolina: You have to wait for one year and one day after separation to file for divorce. Your spouse has 30 days after service to respond to the divorce lawsuit. If you and your spouse have reached a resolution outside of court, finalizing the divorce will be a matter of getting on the court’s docket to have a judge declare you legally divorced. If your county has a full docket, it can take an additional 3+ months to finalize the divorce after filing.
In South Carolina: For a no-fault divorce, if you have been separated for one year and one day and have reached a resolution on all marital issues, finalizing the divorce will be a matter of getting on the court’s docket to have a judge declare you legally divorced. If your county has a full docket, it can take an additional 2+ months to finalize the divorce after filing. If you and your spouse have reached a resolution outside of court, you are filing for a fault-based ground for divorce (adultery, habitual drunkenness or drug use, or physical cruelty), and your spouse does not contest the divorce filing, you may be able to obtain a divorce 90 days after the date of filing.
Can we file the divorce paperwork ourselves?
Yes, you can file the divorce lawsuit without a lawyer, but divorce paperwork is intensive and has very specific legal requirements. Navigating the divorce process is complex and divorce paperwork is best completed by a licensed attorney who has the expertise to properly handle your divorce.
Do I have to go to court?
In North Carolina: No, not usually. If you can reach a resolution on all your other marital issues outside of court (i.e., child support, child custody, equitable distribution, and spousal support/alimony), all you have to do is file the divorce lawsuit then proceed accordingly with your county’s respective requirements to finalize your divorce. You do not typically have to be present in court when the judge signs the Judgment of Divorce.
In South Carolina: Yes, even if you and your spouse have reached a resolution on all of your other issues outside of court (i.e., child support, child custody, equitable distribution, and spousal support/alimony), you will have to appear at a Final Divorce Hearing in front of a judge to get the Decree of Divorce entered, unless you and your spouse (via your attorneys) submit affidavits to the court in lieu of a hearing.
You’re unhappy in your marriage and don’t see a way forward. You haven’t separated but you are considering a separation and potentially a divorce. If you’re confused about what steps you should take, we are here to offer some advice.
First, if possible, seek out a reputable licensed marriage and family therapist to see if you can improve your marriage. If you and your spouse both desire to improve the state of your marriage, set the intention and try. A marriage therapist can also help you navigate a separation if, after some sessions, a separation is what you and your spouse decide is necessary. Anyone who has been married knows that marriage is not easy. Sometimes thinking about divorce can be the wake-up call that you need to start working toward improving your marriage. It can be helpful to do a quick introductory call with a few marriage and family therapists (if they offer it) to see if you are a good fit before deciding on one together. If your spouse won’t go to marriage therapy with you (or even if you are currently in marriage therapy), make sure you are also seeing an individual therapist to help you cope and work on your own individual issues.
CONTEMPLATE WHAT’S BEST FOR YOUR CHILD
What parenting schedule might be best for your child if you decide to separate from your spouse? Consider your children’s ages, personalities, extracurricular activities, maturity levels, and medical, developmental, and emotional needs. Consider each parent’s work schedule, lifestyle, and capacity to meet the children’s daily needs. If one parent travels frequently for work, that would factor into the time and days that the traveling parent could assist with school pick-up and drop-off, transport to afterschool activities, homework help, and bedtime. If, after separation, you are going to agree to a parenting time schedule (and not go to court and let the judge decide), the parenting time schedule can look however you want it to and you can decide what schedule ultimately works best for your family.
UNDERSTAND YOUR FINANCIAL PICTURE
Next, start thinking about the marital assets and debts in your marital estate. Go through statements and make a list or a spreadsheet outlining your house, mortgage(s), retirement and investment accounts, bank accounts, car loans, credit card debt, medical debt, any special or valuable household possessions, as well as any property that might be “separate” from your marital estate (like inheritance funds or items you owned prior to marriage). Look at your overall financial picture and think about how you might move forward if you made the choice to separate. Have you been a stay-at-home parent who relied on your spouse financially? Would you need financial assistance from your spouse in the form of post-separation support or alimony? Would you all be able to pay off shared marital debt if you sell your house and both buy smaller homes? In North Carolina and South Carolina, there is a presumption that all of the assets and debts you accumulated during the marriage will be split 50%/50% between the spouses, although there are statutory factors that can cause the percentages to be apportioned differently by a judge.
DETERMINE YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS
Consult with a family law attorney or two. Find out your legal rights and the claims you could make if you choose to separate and divorce. Be extremely honest during your consultation so the attorney can give you accurate advice. Has there been adultery on either side of the marriage? Are there substance abuse issues? Are the children struggling with physical or mental health issues? Family law attorneys have seen and heard everything when it comes to these types of personal family issues, so please do not be embarrassed and speak freely knowing you are protected by attorney-client confidentiality. The issues mentioned above can affect your legal situation, so you want to tell the full truth about past or current situations when you consult with an attorney. If you choose to separate, you generally have to live separate and apart continuously for at least one year before actually filing for no-fault divorce (in both North Carolina and South Carolina). You have time and space to figure it out, so you don’t have to rush to make decisions. If your spouse is against separating or moving towards a divorce, you may have to be the one to leave the marital residence, but know that you do not need “permission” from your spouse to take the next steps. Reach out to set up a consultation with an attorney if you are discerning whether a separation and divorce is right for you. We can help.
The word self-care gets thrown around a lot these days. Some people hear the term self-care with a more negative connotation: essentially, as an excuse to be selfish. Others see self-care as a necessity – the equivalent of putting your oxygen mask on first before helping someone else. As an attorney, I can tell you that self-care is important not only to my fellow attorneys – but also to my clients. Whether your divorce is amicable or contentious, divorce is hard for everyone involved. There are no easy answers or fixes when you believe that your family is falling apart. However, some of my best clients are those who have made self-care a priority as they go through this process. Here are some of the best self-care strategies to utilize to deal with the divorce process in a healthier manner.
Lean on your family and friends for support. Call or text them when you’re feeling down. Ask to get together, especially during the times when your children are with their other parent, as that can be a more difficult time during your separation and divorce. Don’t be afraid to ask your family or friends for help while you are learning your new normal. If someone offers to make you a meal, watch your kids, or help you around the house, say yes. Most people are looking for ways that they can actively support you through this transition and let you know that you are not alone.
Take care of your mental health. Divorce is one of the most stressful life changes you will ever go through. Seek a qualified counselor to support your mental health through the transition. Ask your lawyer for recommendations, if needed, as we have many clients who have successfully utilized compassionate, qualified counselors to assist them during separation and after divorce. You can also try meditation or breathing exercises to help you with the difficult emotions you might experience. There are many apps now that provide guided meditations and deep breathing exercises for free or low cost.
Try to get enough sleep, exercise, fresh air, and nourishment for your body. It’s amazing what a walk around the neighborhood can do for your emotional state when you’re in a funk. This is also a great time to try something new like hiking, recreational sports teams, or group exercise classes, which get you out of your normal routines and allow you to meet new people.
TIME TO REFLECT
Say no to overscheduling yourself, establish boundaries with your ex-spouse, and provide yourself with breathing room in your days and weeks ahead to process the range of emotions that you will experience during the dissolution of your marriage.
As you are deciding on co-parenting schedules, whether to sell or keep the marital home, or the logistics of how to pay for two households, know that you don’t have to make every decision immediately. Focus on yourself and put your oxygen mask on first before diving into the decision-making process. You have time to discern what you want to do next. Know that as your attorney, I am here for you every step of the way.
We work hard to make the divorce process as amicable as possible, but inevitably you will need healing along this journey. Engaging in some of the self-care tactics above can help promote healing and encourage you in taking the next steps forward in your new chapter in life.
Lindsey Dasher is the Managing Partner at Dasher Law PLLC