Going through a divorce can be a very disruptive process to daily routine. For some, divorce can be an emotionally-taxing and confusing process, often leaving one feeling overwhelmed and alone.
Planning ahead, properly preparing dissolution documents, and finding a procedure to stay organized are all easy ways to take matters into your own hands and ensure you are prepared for the steps ahead.
Raiff Representation offers legal help to those looking for experienced counsel when filing for divorce, and we work hard to find the best outcome possible for a situation that can often be intimidating.
1. Find the right attorney for you
Hiring a trusted divorce attorney to help you navigate this process will make your life, and your divorce, go much smoother than trying to handle this on your own. There is a common misconception that most divorce cases go to trial.
At Raiff Representation, we work hard to find the best dispute resolution, whether that be mediation or other alternative settlement options, as we feel that these routes provide our clients with more control over their divorce outcomes.
2. Discuss a parenting time and legal decision making-plan with your partner, if necessary
If you have children, your legal decision making rights and parenting time schedule will be a significant issue to resolve. Research your state’s parenting time, legal decision making statutes, and the related child support calculations.
It is always a good idea to discuss which parent wants to have a majority of the parenting time, considering a schedule for holidays and other special occasions.
3. Compile important documents
Filing for divorce requires a lot of paperwork, so it is best to have these documents accessible and ready before the process begins. Gathering documents such as your real property titles, prenuptial/postnuptial documents, retirement account statements, tax and financial documents, deeds, vehicle titles, bank and credit card statements, and related medical documents will help make the process as smooth as possible.
4. Decide on living arrangements
Deciding who gets to stay in the marital house during and after the divorce can be a difficult topic to agree on. It is important to begin the discussion of how to divide the property while the matter is pending and for after the divorce is finalized.
Oftentimes, the primary caretaker will remain in the home to avoid further change for their child(ren). However, you should always speak with your attorney before making any drastic changes to ensure you are not giving up your rights to your property.
5. Separate your life
Starting your own life as a single parent can be challenging. Take steps to protect your credit and personal finances, itemize your personal belongings, set up a P.O. box, if necessary, and search for employment.
If you are considering filing for divorce, or have already begun the process, Raiff Representation will help guide you in the right direction and ensure what is best for you and your family. Call or email us today to schedule a one-on-one consultation with a trusted family attorney.