If you are going to get a divorce and you have children, your divorce is automatically going to be more complex. Even if you and your former spouse agree on most things, there are still going to be issues surrounding your divorce that you are going to need to deal with. The best way to make sure that you get the help you need to handle all those issues is to consider hiring a family attorney to help you with all those issues. There are several things that your attorney can help you with.
Create Child Custody/Visitation Agreements
Even if you and your spouse have a very amicable co-parenting relationship, you need to make sure that you have your custody and visitation arrangements written down and put into place. If they are written down, there aren't going to be any questions, because you and your former spouse will both have copies of the paperwork, so you can refer to them if there is any question. Your attorney will also make sure that your paperwork will include things like who is going to claim your child on income tax forms, who will be paying for medical insurance, and other such details. If all of that is written down and agreed to on legal paperwork, it will make your co-parenting relationship easier.
Address Guardianship Papers
When you and your spouse get divorced, you still need to think about who will be responsible for your kids if something happens to both of you. Dealing with two separate households and family units may mean that there are going to be a lot more people who are in that pool to be asked to take care of your children. That can include step-parents as well. Your attorney can help you write up paperwork that can allow someone to be a guardian of your child if something were to happen to you and your former spouse. The attorney can also help to mediate between you and your former spouse to determine who will be the guardian for your child. Having a mediator during a discussion can help lower tension that might pop up in the discussion.
If you have gotten a divorce and have children, you are still going to be tied to your former spouse because of your shared children. Even if the split is amicable and you are in agreement about visitation and custody, you will need an attorney to help you with all the issues that might pop up.