Steps to Take When Divorce Planning in FL
Posted By Law Offices of Robert Stepniak
Before you head to the courthouse and file your divorce papers, you should put in place a thorough divorce plan. Consult with an attorney for help.
First and foremost, divorce is emotional. Indeed, when someone first thinks, “I want to get a divorce!” it likely comes from a place of anger and sadness, not a place of logic and rationale. However, as things progress and the possibility of getting a divorce becomes more realistic, it is important to approach the divorce with a sound frame of mind. In order to ensure the best outcome possible, there are certain steps that you should take to plan for your divorce. For help and advice, reach out to The Law Offices of Robert Stepniak today.
Hire an Attorney
The first thing that you should do once you decide to file for a divorce is to hire a divorce attorney. An attorney can advise you of best practices related to interacting with your spouse, gathering evidence to support your divorce case, and navigating the law and your rights.
Understand Your Financial Situation
Before you separate from your spouse, it is important to have a developed understanding of your financial situation. Not only will this be important for planning things like where you will live, how you will support yourself after separation, etc., but you will also be required to file a financial affidavit with the court and make a full disclosure of your assets and debts.
Talk to Your Spouse
It can be hard to come together when you are legally seeking a separation. However, if possible, you should try to talk to your spouse about how you will resolve issues in your divorce, where each of you will live, who will be responsible for minor children while the divorce is pending, and more. If you can reach an agreement about issues in your divorce, including property division, spousal support, and parental responsibilities, this is ideal. Avoiding litigation by reaching an agreement will save time, money, and stress.
Connect with Friends and Family
Divorce can be lonely, as well as trying for logistical reasons, such as not knowing where you will stay or struggling to make ends meet. For support throughout the process, reach out to friends and family early on.
Establish Your Own Credit and Income
If you have shared bank and credit card accounts, it is time to go independent. If you are not employed or do not currently have a source of income, you may want to think about establishing one, if possible. Remember, however, that you may be barred from making large financial changes while the divorce is pending, so talk to your attorney about what you are allowed to do regarding any monetary decisions.
Call The Law Offices of Robert Stepniak Today
Getting a divorce is hard and can be a process that takes many months in some cases. To help you prepare for the process and create a plan that supports your needs and interests, reach out to the skilled Daytona family lawyer at The Law Offices of Robert Stepniak.