What to Expect During the Divorce Process

 No one enters into a marriage thinking that they will one day get divorced, but it happens to more couples than you might think. If you are facing a divorce, it is essential to be prepared for what to expect during the process. Every divorce is unique, so there is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. However, this blog post will discuss some of the most common aspects of the divorce process. And how you can prepare yourself both emotionally and financially for what lies ahead.

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The first thing you should expect during a divorce is the division of assets. This includes everything from your home and car to your savings and retirement accounts. How these assets are divided will depend on the laws of your state, as well as the specifics of your case. It is important to have a clear understanding of what you are entitled to before beginning the divorce process. For more information, click here.

Next, you can expect to deal with child custody and visitation arrangements. If you have children, the court will need to determine who will have primary custody and how visitation will be scheduled. 

Another thing to expect during a divorce is the division of debts. Just like assets, debts must be divided between the two parties. Again, this can be a complex process, so it is important to work with an experienced attorney who can help you understand your rights and options.

Finally, you should expect to pay divorce fees. These fees can vary depending on the complexity of your case and the state in which you live. In some cases, one party may be ordered to pay all of the fees, while in others, they may be split between the two parties.

While divorce can be a difficult and stressful process, it is essential to remember that you are not alone. So, how can you prepare yourself for what to expect during the divorce process?

1. Educate yourself on the process. The more you know about what to expect, the better prepared you will be. There are many resources available, so take advantage of them.

2. Seek professional help. An experienced attorney can help you understand your rights and options. They can also help you navigate the complex legal process.

3. Take care of yourself emotionally and mentally. This is a tough time, so make sure to take care of yourself both emotionally and mentally. This includes seeking counselling or therapy if needed.

4. Stay positive. It may be difficult, but try to stay positive throughout the process. Remember that this is just a temporary setback and that you will eventually move on to better things.

5. Get organized. This is not the time to be disorganized. Keep all of your paperwork in order, and make sure to stay on top of deadlines.

The divorce process can be difficult and stressful, but it is important to be prepared for what to expect. This includes understanding the division of assets, child custody and visitation arrangements, and the payment of divorce fees. Also, remember to seek professional help and take care of yourself both emotionally and mentally during this tough time.

Where can parents of children with special needs get support?

 Happy October! Did you know that October is Downs Syndrome awareness month? It's something I'm always very aware of but don't shout about it too much and have slowly moved away from the posts about Downs Syndrome on here, however with it being October, I thought I would do a few posts about special needs and Downs Syndrome this month. 

For my first post in October, I wanted to talk about where as parents of children with special needs can get support.

Parenting, no matter how many children you have or how much you have researched and prepared, need support. It's not something to be ashamed of. It's just a fact because, lets face it, parenting is hard. 

Being a parent of a child with special needs is no exception, so where can you go to get the support you need?

First of all lets look at what kind of support you might need;

  • speech and language
  • behaviour issues
  • hearing or sight issues. 
  • toilet training
  • learning difficulties or delays with learning/hitting milestones
  • difficulties bonding with your child
  • difficulties adjusting or accepting your child's diagnosis
 These are all acceptable reasons to need support and I have struggled with each one of these at one point or  another in my parenting journey so far. I'm sure there will be others that pop up as time goes on. 

So when you are struggling, where do you turn to? Here are some of the places we have found to be the biggest support for us. 

  • school/childcare placement SENCO
  • GP 
  • local authority
  • other special needs parents - either in person, in online forums or social network groups. 
  • Charities
  • Portage worker. 
Please let me know if you can think of any other places that parents can turn to to get the support they need

Where It All Started

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