Getting divorced is a highly emotional and stressful time for all involved. There are many moving parts that have to be considered. It is often expensive and can be a great financial strain. If children and pets are involved their needs must be taken into consideration as well. If you are just beginning the divorce process and feeling overwhelmed, here are a few things you should know about what to expect. 

Every Divorce is Different

When you begin to tell people you’re getting divorced, you will most likely get a lot of advice from people in your life who have walked a similar path. While this can be incredibly helpful and reassuring, it is important to remember that everyone’s divorce is different. Just because your situation isn’t unfolding the same way a friend’s divorce did doesn’t make your experience better or worse. 

Honesty is Important

When hiring a Tampa divorce lawyer, make sure you disclose all information that will help them in the case. They can’t help you if you aren’t fully honest, and in some cases, your dishonesty might hurt you in court. You should also make sure you are honest with your spouse about assets, finances, and debts. Even if some things might be embarrassing or feel unimportant, it’s always safest to be as open and honest as possible throughout the divorce proceedings. 

Your Expectations Might Be Unreasonable

It’s common to go into court wanting to “win” your case or to get everything you want, but these expectations aren’t helpful or reasonable. You will most likely have to make compromises and lose some things in order to keep others. Try to keep an open mind, stay focused on your priorities, and maintain expectations

Divorces are stressful by nature, but being informed will help make the journey easier. Trust the professionals who are guiding you through, and try to stay positive.