he short answer is yes, children can have a voice, but they will not be given a choice as to who they will live with” In other words, the child’s preference can be a factor in the decision, but it won’t be the only factor. But there are rules as to how that takes place.
Most divorce clients are of modest means, meaning division of their property is a pretty straight-forward exercise. Many parties simply agree to take what they already have in their possession, while others will take the time to make a list of all of their property, estimate its present (market) value, and divide it such that each takes about half of the total value. If there’s a difference, sometimes the party taking more will make an equalization payment to make it economically equal. Other times, they might call it “close enough” and be done. But what happens when somebody owns a business?
It is a sad fact that custody battles are frequently waged using stories that just aren’t true. Often, one parent blows small incidents into monumental complaints in order to gain some tactical advantage during the litigation.
You’re filing for divorce. In some instances congratulations are in order, in others, not so much. No matter what the circumstances, there are some very important things you must do following your decision to end a marriage.