It’s time. You’ve decided to end your marriage. What’s next? Where do you start? How do you prepare for a divorce? All of the questions are coming up.
Divorce isn’t usually something people expect. Often, the process can be difficult and taxing.
With a little guidance, you can alleviate some of the pain of what you’re going through. Let’s look at some ways to ease your journey.
If you are in the beginning phases of the divorce process, there are several ways to prepare:
Keeping your transactions more business-like will help you maintain forward momentum and likely a more fair, smooth proceeding.
Actively Participate But Keep Reactivity in Check
You want to continue to look at the big picture, take responsibility, and surround yourself with support to help lessen your emotional reactions.
Goals and Expectations
What your aspirations for the case are and what you want the outcome to be will help you guide the process along and clearly outlines everything.
Criminal History/Police Involvement
Whether you or your spouse have run-ins with the law, you need documentation ready.
Drug/Alcohol Abuse Issues
Any current and previous issues need to be reported so that nothing comes up unexpectedly.
It is important to know where they are located and how you acquired them will be necessary.
A Prenuptial Agreement can protect yourself in case things do not go as planned. If you currently have/had one, disclose that information to ensure there are no surprises and it can be properly handled.
All Debts and Liabilities
Similar to assets, your future responsibilities will need to be considered as well.
Hidden Assets, Cash, Expenses
If your spouse is hiding assets, cash, or paying their current boyfriend/girlfriend’s expenses, bring that to light in the case.
Sources of Income
For the sake of being thorough, you want to be clear on any and all sources of income.
Issues of child custody, visitation, and child support are not simple, there is a lot to consider when figuring out how you will raise your child moving forward. Details about your children (i.e. number of children, age, where they live, etc.) is going to be an integral part of the process.
You will want to have the dates for when you were married and when you were separated to take into account of the proceedings.
If you are interested in legally ending your marriage or would like to discuss your rights, please call us Akron divorce attorneys to make an appointment to discuss your potential divorce. If you have already been served with divorce papers by your spouse, you need to retain an attorney immediately, as there are court required deadlines that need to be met. Call us at 330-922-4491 or contact us online so that we can immediately schedule you for an initial consultation.