Yes, the Holidays are gone… and so is your most recent excuse for not consulting with an attorney!!!
Everyone wants to wait until after the holidays before seriously considering seeing an attorney about a divorce, or to get that increase in child support, or to go after that past due alimony. Well, the Holidays are gone. There’s no more excuse to hold off. The truth of the matter is that there is NEVER a good time to deal with these major life issues. It will be difficult if you do it in December, or after the first of the year, or the middle of June. Feelings WILL be hurt. Your spouse or ex-spouse or baby-daddy WILL be unhappy. That doesn’t mean you should just live a miserable life, or let him or her off the hook for hundreds or thousands of dollars for the benefit of you or your children.
So what are my top 5 reasons to NOT consult an attorney and why are they bogus?
- I’ll wait until after the Holidays: see above.
- I have to wait for the tax refund: many attorneys offer free or low cost consultations; and if you’re getting divorced, you might run into problems if you grab the tax refund and use it to pay your future divorce attorney… try a credit card instead.
- I have to stay with him/her for the sake of the kids: kids are resilient and remaining in a dead marriage that consists of constant unrest and unhappiness is probably grating on the kids as much as it is on you. If it’s bad enough to consider a divorce, your kids are probably already aware there are problems.
- My parents/friends/neighbors/total strangers would look down on me if I got a divorce: You are not living your life for your family or friends… you are living it for you! Take charge of your life and throw other’s opinions in the trash where they belong. Either get into some serious marriage counseling and address the problems IMMEDIATELY, or take the first step and call for a consult with a qualified attorney.
- But my spouse threatened me that he/she would take the kids/hide all the money/tell my family I’m a bad person/eat all the Cheezits in the cupboard if I got a divorce: You should first calm down and think rationally. It is the RARE case where one spouse gets the kids to the exclusion of the other. It is the rare case where there is money and a reasonable good attorney cannot follow the trail to it (with the help of a forensic accountant). It’s par for the course for your soon to be ex-spouse to bad-mouth you to anyone who will listen. Is that repulsive? Yes. But you’re divorcing him or her, for the love of Pete! Expect it. If he or she is eating all the Cheezits to spite you, go to the store, buy yourself a new box, hide it and grin every time you munch one down (I love Cheezits!).
The next excuse date is tax refund time. But I think it would be folly to wait until April or May. Call a qualified attorney and set up a consultation TODAY!