Divorce is emotionally painful, physically draining, and extremely stressful. What most couples want is closure, finality, and distance – as quickly as possible. When people go through a divorce without an attorney, they may end up solving only the short-term and most immediate problems, simply because they just want the process to be over with. When you go through a divorce with an attorney on your side, however, he or she will be able to anticipate and predict where potential problems and conflicts will come up, and include solutions or provisions meant to solve those future dilemmas. Many situations take couples by surprise. For instance, if their children are in elementary school when they divorce, school related costs are relatively low. It does not occur to many parents that by the time the children are in high school, there will be extracurricular activities such as music, dance, and sports that will increase their children’s school related costs considerably. If the divorce decree does not take into account both current and future costs, a couple is likely to end up back in court years later, asking for modifications to the decree. This is where a good divorce lawyer can help a couple reach a fair resolution, both for the present, and the future!