There may come a time when you realize that divorce is the best option for your future. Even if you have made peace with this decision, don’t rush to file the paperwork as soon as possible. There are a few things you should do prior to filing for divorce to ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible. Complete the items on this pre-divorce checklist before officially calling it quits:
Gather Financial Documents
Many spouses attempt to hide assets from the court during a divorce. For this reason, it’s a good idea to start gathering financial documents prior to filing for divorce so your spouse doesn’t have time to hide them. Make multiple copies of bank account statements, credit card statements, pay stubs, tax forms, and any other documents that contain information about marital assets. Provide one copy to your attorney and hold onto the other copy so you have a record of these documents.
Even though the divorce will not be final for months, filing for divorce will immediately change your relationship. For example, one spouse typically moves out of the home after divorce papers have been filed. Therefore, it’s important to think about what the next steps are after the papers are filed. Will you leave? If so, do you know where you will go? Can you afford to live on your own? Who will the kids stay with? Answer these questions so you are ready for what comes next.
Protect Your Privacy
Change all of the passwords and security questions for your email, voicemail, and social media accounts. An angry spouse may try to access personal information during a divorce to learn what your attorney is advising you to do and how much information you are sharing with mutual friends. No good can come of your soon-to-be ex-spouse accessing this information, so keep it as protected as possible.
Find An Attorney
Many people think they won’t need an attorney because their divorce will be fairly simple. However, it’s never safe to make this assumption. People change during a divorce. Even if you are on good terms with your spouse right now, this could change at any moment. For this reason, it’s in your best interest to find an attorney as soon as you have decided to file for divorce.
Are you ready to file for divorce? If so, seek legal representation from the divorce attorneys at Adams Family Law. We make sure our clients are completely prepared for what’s to come prior to filing the paperwork. To schedule a consultation, call 513-929-9333 or email Steven@adamsfamilylaw.com.