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What steps should I take before filing for divorce?

On Behalf of | Mar 11, 2024 | Divorce |

Making the decision to end a marriage is never easy. Before you decide to file for divorce, there are some steps you may wish to take.

Preparing for the process can help you to sidestep common problems that people often encounter once they file.

Gather financial documents

You should gather all relevant financial documents, such as bank statements, tax returns and retirement account statements. These documents will be invaluable as you embark on determining the division of assets and debts during the divorce. They will also allow you to ensure you have the complete financial picture, which can help prevent issues with hiding assets.

Consider the children

While you cannot avoid the impact of divorce on your children, you can take steps to make the process easier for them. Think about how you will handle custody and visitation arrangements. Develop a plan to co-parent with your soon-to-be-former-spouse. Being ready to address custody matters can help reduce friction and ease the stress on everyone once the divorce is underway.

Prepare your plan

You want to have a plan in place for how things will change once you file for divorce. You should have an idea of where you will live and how you will pay for your expenses. It is also a good move to make sure that you prepare for how personal relationships may change because your marriage comes to an end. Gathering a support system can be helpful.

Going through a divorce can take some time and patience, but knowing what steps to take makes things easier to handle.