It can be an extremely emotional and stressful time for a person when they are in a marriage that is breaking down and they and their spouse are moving towards a divorce. A person may have all sorts of questions running through their mind. Why is this happening? How did the marriage go wrong? What will my life be like after the marriage ends? How will I tell my kids? How will I tell my family and friends? What will everyone think?
With so much going through one’s mind and so many emotions coming out, there are all sorts of things a person may feel like putting on the back burner. One thing they may be tempted to do is avoid thinking about or taking any actions related to the specifics of the divorce until it is absolutely necessary. However, this course of action is one that could prove quite disadvantageous. While it can feel like a difficult thing to take on sometimes, making as many preparations for a divorce as possible prior to the divorce is often the better course of action. Proper preparation can go a long way in helping a divorce to go as smoothly as it can.
There are many different divorce-related things individuals who are moving towards a divorce can make preparations in relation to prior to the start of formal divorce proceedings.
One is property division. Some of the things individuals can do to prepare for a divorce-related property division are get an accurate view of what the financial state of the marital estate is and think about what matters to them most when it comes to the property in the marital estate.
Another is legal issues regarding any children the couple has (such as child support and child custody). Among the things people can do to prepare for such issues are think about what would be in the best interests of their children and, if possible, have a reasoned discussion with their spouse about the topic of what will happen with the kids.
Another is logistical issues, such as who will live where following the split. Doing things like making living arrangement plans can be helpful preparations for such logistical issues.
Our firm understands how valuable good preparations prior to a divorce can be and can provide assistance and advice to individuals who are preparing for a divorce. We strive to put our clients in as strong and well-informed of a position as possible going into a divorce.