Preparing For Your Divorce

When making the decision to file for a divorce, there are certain factors that need to be considered before taking that first step, especially since divorce is an emotional and trying time.

Whether you are filing for divorce, or your spouse has made the decision to file, these tips will help you to ensure the smoothest transition possible while preparing for your divorce:

Seek the assistance of a divorce attorney. Hiring a divorce attorney is ideal for both parties. An attorney can ensure that you fully understand the laws and your rights, as well as prepare you for the possible outcome. Be sure that you seek representation from an attorney who listens to you, your concerns, will answer all of your questions, and is reliable.

Secure your finances. Not only is this important in order to determine your assets, but this is also critical in ensuring that both parties will be able to financially support themselves, as well as the costs related to the divorce itself. It is not necessary for marital funds to be dissipated, but it may be a good idea to equally divide your accounts.

Gather the necessary documents. Items such as bank and credit card statements, tax returns, mortgage payments, vehicle titles, and any other pertinent information in regards to your finances and debt should be gathered and presented to your attorney. This may be a difficult task if your spouse is the sole person responsible for the bills and may require you to discreetly gathering them. Be sure to speak with your attorney in order to determine what documents he or she may require.

Make a plan. In the event that you are not able to support yourself or your children, it is critical to ensure that you have a plan in place in order to be financially secured. It is also important that children are shielded from any animosity, putting their needs first, even if this may mean that a court order needs to be issued for custody.

Divorce is not an ideal situation for anyone. The tips will not make this process easy, but it can help to prove it a less difficult task that expected. Contact Cosley Family Law, we have over 20 years specializing in family and criminal law, including divorce and DUI defense.

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