How to prepare for a divorce

If you are considering filing for a divorce or have made the decision, in my experience, it is in your best interest to be prepared for your divorce. You will feel more confident, the entire process will be smoother, your results may be better and you will reduce your stress and anxiety over the divorce.

First, I strongly advise you to consult with at least two experienced family law attorneys. Even if your divorce will be amicable, you need to know your rights and how the process works. An hour consultation with an experienced family law attorney will be well worth your time and a consultation fee.

Why should you consult with more than one attorney? To begin with, you really want to get several opinions about your case. Plus, you want to find an attorney you feel comfortable with and in whom you feel confident.

Here are some of the things you may want to think about before you start your divorce;

Is mediation a possibility for you and your spouse?

What’s the best way to start the divorce for you and in your situation?

In which county should you file your Petition?

Does it matter which spouse files for divorce first?

Which spouse is going to move out?

Are you thinking of living together until the divorce is final?

If you are moving out, what items should you take with you?

Are there any reasons you may need to protect yourself from your spouse’s actions?

Will you have enough money to live on until you can get a court order for support?

How will you pay for an attorney?

Are there joint bank or investment accounts or other assets that need to be preserved?

Do you have the financial information and documentation you’ll need to protect your rights?

What’s the best way to discuss the separation and divorce with your children?

Do you need child custody orders quickly?

What timeshare plan will work best for your and your children’s situation?

Finally, every family law case is unique and different, what makes your situation unique and what is the best way to deal with those differences?

I understand that these are difficult questions that you would prefer not to have to answer.

However, getting the answers to these and other questions will help you better cope with the divorce, reduce your stress and anxiety, as well as help you protect your rights and interests.

Contact The Law Offices of Michael E. Finein

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