Under ideal circumstances they are able to sit down and determine how best to divide their marital property and debts. They consider the needs of their children and together, they arrive at a plan for each parent to remain connected to the children and to provide for their material and emotional needs. They agree that one spouse may need continued financial support from the other, and agree on the amount, duration and payment of this support.
Unfortunately, these decisions are sometimes more complicated than the parents or partners can handle alone. Sometimes the emotional trauma, anger or confusion may make it impossible for intelligent decisions to be made without some help. Most of the time there are important legal considerations which must be addressed by a professional. If you are contemplating divorce, or if your spouse has filed a divorce proceeding, you may be experiencing a lot of emotional upheaval.