Ending a marriage isn’t as straightforward as any other breakup. It can take an emotional toll on you and be overwhelming, especially if you don’t prepare in advance. To help minimize the stress of your approaching divorce, our attorneys at Orshan, Spann & Fernandez-Mesa have compiled a list of steps that you should first take care of.
5 Steps to Follow Before Filing:
1. Be certain divorce is the right choice for you. While this statement may seem obvious, you may not realize how exhausting a divorce can be. Once you serve your spouse, it can be difficult to go back.
2. Examine where you stand financially. One aspect of the divorce process is the division of marital assets and debts. You’ll want to be sure that you receive your fair share during settlement negotiations, and it’s helpful to know what you have beforehand.
3. Gather essential documents. To help build a strong strategy for you, your attorney will need documentation. Begin compiling income estimates, tax returns, bank statements, list of property, and any other relevant information. It’s smart to prepare this before you file because your spouse may make it difficult for you to access these documents after you’ve served them with divorce papers.
4. Determine your child custody goals. If you have children, the divorce process can become more complicated because you’ll have to make decisions on custody. Think about what kind of arrangement you’ll need to make with your spouse, keeping in mind what’s in your child’s best interest.
5. Hire a skilled attorney. A divorce attorney's role is to guide you through the process and lift the burdens off your shoulders by taking care of the legalities. The right legal counsel can mean the difference between a satisfying outcome and one filled with regrets. Many attorneys offer free consultations, giving you the opportunity to find the best fit.
With these tips in mind, you can feel more confident heading into your divorce. Our team at Orshan, Spann & Fernandez-Mesa is available to help you find the solution to your family law problems.