"The Unseen Costs of Divorce" by Verspoor Waalkes Grand Rapids family law lawyers

During an initial consultation with a prospective client asking about divorce, my clients and I consider the benefits, costs, and alternatives.  Usually, the benefits of a divorce are obvious.  For example, if the other party is abusive, divorce provides protection.  However, often, the costs and alternatives are less clear.

Here are some costs to consider:

  • Divorce is hard on children.  Even children in unhappy homes are used to having two parents around.  You and your children might have to change neighborhoods, friends, and schools, which will disrupt your children’s routines.
  • Divorce hurts finances. It increases expenses, but not necessarily incomes.  After a divorce, there are two residences and two sets of kid’s clothes. If one spouse […]