Spokane residents who have contemplated or are in the middle of a divorce understand that it is not a decision that is taken lightly. Many times, deciding whether or not to divorce can be the most difficult decision of a person’s life. There are many considerations to take into account, and if children are involved, many lives that potentially may be affected by the decision to go through with a divorce.

Recently, NBA basketball player Tim Duncan and his wife of nearly twelve years are getting divorced. While the NBA playoffs are in full swing, Duncan’s team acknowledged that the couple are in the in the middle of divorcing. Duncan’s team, the San Antonio Spurs, recently clinched a spot in the NBA Finals. According to court documents, Duncan’s wife, Amy, filed for divorce in March. The Spurs indicated that Duncan would not be discussing his pending divorce or future family situation. The couple have two children and were married in 2001.

As the story above indicates, divorce can happen during inconvenient times. Divorce can affect work performance, relationships and many aspects of a person’s life. While most people have some notion of what to expect as far as how a divorce takes place and how long it may take, it can still take an emotional toll. The length of a divorce will typically depend on the current relationship or amicability of the couple, as well as the number and complexity of the couple’s assets and if there are any children from the relationship. If there are children, typically the couple or the court will determine child custody, visitation and child support.

Divorce can be an incredibly difficult time in a person’s life. If you are considering filing for divorce, an attorney can help listen to your case, advise you regarding the potential timeline as well as walk you through the process.

Source: USA Today, “Spurs confirm Tim Duncan, wife getting divorced,” May 25, 2013