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Essential considerations before filing for divorce

On Behalf of | May 9, 2024 | Divorce

Getting a divorce is never easy, especially if you are still trying to figure out the results you want to see by the end of this crucial legal process. Before meeting with your attorney, it is vital to have a clear understanding of the issues that can significantly impact the outcome of your legal proceedings and your life post-divorce.

Determine the type of divorce you are filing for

Before proceeding with your decision to divorce, you must know what type of divorce you are filing for: contested or uncontested. If you and your spouse agree on certain matters, like property division and child custody, an uncontested divorce might be right for you. This type of divorce is usually faster and less expensive, as you do not have to spend time fighting in court. On the other hand, if you disagree on serious issues, you might be heading for a contested divorce. Understanding the differences can help you decide the best approach for your situation.

Know your finances

Having a clear picture of your financial situation is vital before you file for divorce. This includes knowing all your assets and liabilities. Make a comprehensive list of all bank accounts, retirement accounts, investments and real estate that you and your spouse own. Knowing how much you owe on things like credit cards and mortgages is also crucial. This information plays a big part in how the separation will treat your assets, enabling you to protect your interests and ensure a fair distribution of property.

Plans for child custody arrangements

If you and your spouse have children, deciding on child custody must be one of your priorities during this divorce. Carefully consider what arrangement will be best for your children. It would be best to determine how you and your spouse will manage decisions about your children’s education, health care and other essential aspects of their lives.

Filing for divorce is a difficult decision that can easily be overwhelming for anyone. If you are going through this arduous process, you may not know where to start. Arming yourself with knowledge about the legal elements involved can help you prepare to move forward and protect your rights and interests from the start.