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Advantages of being first to file for divorce

Louisiana residents may be interested to know that one divorce attorney to numerous stars, such as Maria Shriver, Mariah Carey and Heidi Klum, recently emphasized the advantages women have if they file for divorce first. She added that where the divorce is filed can especially impact the divorce process and related issues, such as child custody and support and alimony.

When a woman files first, she can also avoid some deceptive practices her spouse might attempt. One involves the husband consulting with a number of the top divorce lawyers in the area and developing a conflict of interest if she tried to retain any of them. This practice can prevent a wife from using a certain attorney even if her husband were only screened by the same attorney months ago and never actually hired the attorney. The attorney now has confidential information on the husband and cannot in good conscience represent the wife.

Another divorce attorney from Illinois adds that although there might be good reasons for filing first, it can be a disadvantage as well. She observed that the people who file first might reveal their strategies to their soon-to-be ex-spouses, who can then change their tactics in court. She recommends meeting with attorneys as soon as possible when the wives suspect that the marriage is headed for separation.

However, a woman can find emotional strength in taking proactive steps toward beginning life as a single woman. She can organize a divorce team to help her through the process.

Ending a marriage is no small thing, and many women might hesitate to file for divorce because they take their vows so seriously. However, when it is time to think about divorce, family lawyers might be able to help women prepare for the future.

Source: Forbes, "What Are The Financial And Legal Advantages Of Being First To File For Divorce?," Jeff Landers, March 26, 2013

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