Expecting the unexpected when it comes to family law disputes

When you file for divorce or file a claim in a child custody dispute, a domestic violence case or any other family law matter, you inevitably develop a set of expectations about how the legal process will develop and resolve. This is a completely normal reaction to filing something as personal as a family law claim. However, it is important to prepare for several things that you may not expect in addition to the things that you do expect will occur before your family law dispute finally resolves.

For example, you may be involved in an amicable divorce or a child custody dispute that is fairly straightforward. As a result, you may expect your case to resolve quickly, fairly inexpensively and in a straightforward manner. If your case resolves in these ways then you will have true reasons to celebrate. However, it is important for you to mentally prepare yourself for a drawn out process that results in some bumps and bruises. This proactive approach will help you navigate any snags in the process with grace as opposed to any unexpected twists and turns taking you completely by surprise.

In addition, all individuals involved in family law matters should prepare themselves for judgments from the outside world. Even if you have complete faith that you are pursuing a course that is the healthiest one possible for you and your family, others will almost certainly not agree with your approach. If you prepare for some negativity from others, you will be able to navigate that negativity with dignity. 

Source: The Huffington Post, “9 Unexpected Realities Of Divorce,” Jenny Erikson, Feb. 18, 2014

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