Divorce is something you may have been thinking about for a long time. Once you have decided that divorce is something you are going to do, there are many things you should do to prepare.
Do not just rush out and file. Divorce is a major life event, both financially and emotionally. Taking the following steps to prepare for your divorce can make the process much less stressful and complicated.
Talk to an Attorney
At Giordano Law, we offer free consultations. This is going to be a difficult discussion and an experienced attorney can help answer your questions and provide information about various options for proceeding forward.
Identify and organize your property
Inventory your property, including marital property and items you believe are your own separate property. This includes major assets, such as your house and investment accounts, and small items, such as your personal property and vehicles.
If you have children, think about potential custody and parenting time scenarios that may work for your family. If you and your spouse are already discussing possible divorce, it may be productive to have a conversation to help you both get an idea of each other’s expectations.
Finally, no matter how amicably you think your divorce will go, take steps to protect your privacy and security.
Some things like creating a new email address, redirecting your mail to a post office box or changing known passwords may be a good idea. You may also want to consider locking your social media accounts, or better yet, avoiding social media altogether during your divorce.
More and more, social media posts can and are used as evidence in divorce litigation, and you should always think about who may be looking at your social media. Avoid posting private or negative information about your spouse on your social media.
Always remember, a divorce attorney can provide you advice and guidance through the entire process. If you’d like to learn more about your options, feel free to contact our office for a free consultation.