In addition to being a highly emotional process, divorce is also extremely complicated and requires a vast amount of preparation and paperwork. If you recently decided that you can no longer make your marriage work, you may be wondering what you should do to prepare for the process ahead of you. Thankfully, we compiled a list of tips to help get you started.
Preparing for Your Divorce
Once you decide pursuing a divorce is the best course of action, you need to fully commit to it and try your best to navigate each step as calmly as possible. Making impulsive decisions can create unnecessary drama and potentially antagonize your spouse, resulting in a more contentious divorce, which will not do anyone any favors.
Here are some tips that can help you prepare for your divorce:
- Examine your personal finances and your ability to make ends meet. Getting divorced will have a major impact on your financial resources and you will surely have to make some adjustments, so take some time to determine the changes you may have to consider. Understanding what your new life will cost is a big part of being prepared for the future.
- Seek the guidance of an experienced legal professional. Although hiring an attorney is not mandatory, you will do yourself a great disservice if you completely forego legal help.
- Gather all the necessary documents and categorize them in a divorce file. Some documents you should gather for this file include bank statements, tax returns for the past 3 years, insurance policies, and retirement assets.
- Understand any debt obligations you may have and, if possible, try to settle them before moving forward with divorce proceedings. Carrying debt into a divorce can complicate matters, particularly if a former spouse refuses to pay.
- To avoid losing any important paperwork for your divorce, you should consider opening a P.O. box, especially if you have a particularly acrimonious relationship with your soon-to-be former spouse.
Divorce is hard, but with the right amount of preparation, you can smoothly navigate its twists and turns.
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If you believe your marriage is headed for a divorce, now is the time to begin preparing for it to ensure it goes as smoothly as possible. At Crossman & McNamee, LLC, our skilled divorce team is committed to helping clients navigate some of the most difficult family law matters. You can rely on us to protect your interests and secure the best results for your case.
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