What should I do in preparation for divorce?
Getting a divorce is usually not a simple process and is quite document-heavy. It is important that you go into the divorce having an idea of what you want the outcome to be. In addition, in order to speed the process along, you may want to do what you can to prepare for the process.
Since divorce is such a paperwork-reliant process, you should make sure you have all of the documents you need before you actually begin. Gather all of the possible necessary information and records that may be necessary. These can include foreclosure orders, bankruptcy orders, financial information such as a statement of net worth, loans, wills, monthly expenses, pension plans, titles to real estate and automobiles, tax returns, and more. If there has been a prenuptial agreement, this process becomes easier because nearly everything has been pre-determined.
The next step to take once you have all of the necessary information is to really think about what you want to ask the court for in your divorce. It is important that you go in with a realistic expectation as to what you will walk away with. You may want to ask for spousal support, but be aware that you may not receive it if you are able to financially support yourself already. You may also request a certain child custody arrangement, which holidays you want to have the kids on, whose insurance policy will apply to the children, and more.
Finally, it is important that you know which kind of divorce you are interested in filing for. You may want to claim no-fault divorce other than irreconcilable differences and want to get divorced through mediation. Or, you may want to claim a fault and get divorced in court. It all depends on what works best for you.
Speak with an experienced divorce and family law attorney who can provide you with assistance.
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