Is it Wrong to Prepare for a Divorce?

Preparing for divorce may seem underhanded, but if you feel your marriage is beyond the point of reconciliation, it is usually better for both parties if you choose to carefully plan your divorce. Your divorce will impact your family, so if you can minimize the damage in any way, it is your responsibility to do so. If you are ready to start preparing for a divorce, it is only natural for you to have questions. Here are some of the most common questions people ask about the divorce process:

What is the first thing I should do if I am considering getting divorced?

Divorce can be very stressful, so you need to first ensure you are mentally prepared for what is to come. Divorce is a document-heavy process, so before you begin, you must be ready to remain calm and deal with one thing at a time. If you feel you are ready, then it is time to start gathering the paperwork you will need to file for divorce.

What are some of the documents I will need in order to get a divorce?

You should be prepared to turn over your W-2 forms, tax returns, credit card statements, bank statements, pay stubs and more–likewise for your spouse. The courts will need to know how your marriage functions financially when it comes time to divvy your assets. Staying organized is a key aspect of ensuring the divorce process goes as smoothly as possible. If you are a list-maker, folder-keeper, or anything of the sort, use those organizational methods to your advantage. You should also meticulously calculate your finances before you split. You will need to know how much money you’re bringing in, and what the cost of your bills and other expenses will be after moving out. You must have an acute understanding of your financial situation before making any rash decisions. 

Are there different types of divorce?

There are three primary means of getting a divorce: litigation, arbitration, and mediation. Each of these are valid forms of divorce, though they are most likely not all ideal for your specific situation. This is why it is essential you read more about the different types of divorce before making your decision. Depending on the situation, one method may be preferable to others. When evaluating “your situation,” whatever that may be, it is equally important you consider the impact your decision will have on those around you. You must fairly and honestly communicate with your spouse and children, as this process essentially concerns all of you equally.

Contact our compassionate New Jersey divorce attorneys

Divorce is emotionally taxing for all those involved. This is why it is important you hire an attorney you trust. Our firm promises to fight by your side, keeping you informed from start to finish.

The Law Office of Toby Grabelle, LLC is a family and divorce law firm serving Monmouth County and all of New Jersey that would be happy to assist you in legal counsel. If you need quality legal services, contact the firm for a consultation.