The legal and emotional aspects regarding the end of a marriage can seem overwhelming. You are likely not at your best in making important decisions relating to you and your children, including decisions involving child custody and visitation. Inasmuch, the best first step in a divorce proceeding is to consultant with a competent family law attorney about the divorce. Attorneys are skilled at assisting clients in collaborative divorce and mediation. Attorneys will aid you in understanding the complexities of your area’s divorce laws and procedures. Unless you are an attorney or very competent in legal matters, do not try to engage in a divorce without the aid of an attorney.