When going through a divorce, you want the process to go as quickly and smoothly as possible so you can begin your new life. However, if there are complicated assets at play, things can become even more complex. While you may be working with an attorney, you should still be able to advocate for yourself in these proceedings to set you up for the future.

As Ohio is an equitable distribution state, the judge in your case will separate assets fairly, but this does not mean equally. A judge will look at the circumstances around your divorce to decide who gets what. While an attorney understands the criteria a judge will look at when dividing assets, only you know what you need to protect your future.

A quick settlement is not always the best option

Even though you hope for a quick and amicable resolution to your divorce, do not let that cloud your judgment. Accepting an unfair settlement just to wrap things up faster can come back to haunt you later. There are ways to avoid settling by having an understanding of what you deserve from a divorce settlement and fighting for that.

Typically, you do not want to play the “what if” game in life, but divorce can be one time this is a useful tool. Analyzing all of your options can help you avoid settling early and keep the systematic side of your brain working.

What assets you might be fighting for

Going into the proceedings with a list of things you want to get out of the divorce is one way to keep your thoughts organized, especially if there are complex assets at play, like:

  • Antiques
  • Businesses
  • Property
  • Trusts
  • Retirement accounts

Working with experts like tax professionals, financial planners and your attorney can give you a better picture of what assets are at play in your divorce. These experts and advisers will provide you with a better sense of what you want to figure for that will set up you for a successful start once the final papers are signed.

Even though you may have lawyers and other advisers helping you with your case, you need to be advocating for yourself. You need to be watching out for your best interests to make sure you start the next chapter of your new life off right.