An amicable divorce is a smart option for spouses who are ready to end their marriage and are willing to work together to do so. With an amicable divorce (or “friendly divorce”), each spouse still has the opportunity to protect what matters most in terms of property, financial support, and child custody rights, but both spouses commit to compromising when necessary in order to navigate the process without hostility.
If being ordered to pay alimony was not already bad enough, imagine having made all your alimony payments on time, and then receiving a nasty letter from the IRS. It states that they are going to audit your tax returns for the last three years, including your paid alimony deductions. Sounds like a nightmare!
Children depend on their parents to provide for their needs, and parents have a legal duty to support their offspring. In addition to a parent’s legal duty to provide for their child, it is generally in a child’s best interest to have both parents play an active, engaged role in their lives.
Making the decision to end a marriage is never easy. Our first recommendation to all clients is to seek professional marital counseling to discern what is best for you and your family. That counseling may uncover that the temptation to try and work it out or to remain together for the sake of your children, your family, or your reputation in the community is not what’s best. Unfortunately, remaining in a situation where you and your spouse have been experiencing difficulties can be even more painful than going through the process of filing for divorce. In some cases, circumstances surrounding your decision can also put your well-being and your legal rights in jeopardy.