November 8, 2018

Divorce Checklist

Your situation is not as unique as you might think.  Many married couples face the same dilemmas in their relationship which is why it is easier than you might think to fix.  You just need the advice from an experienced family law attorney.  Assuming that you have already made the decision to get a divorce, there are several things you should do before moving forward.

  1. Take your time and hire the right divorce lawyer;
  2. Find out if there are any legal repercussions for moving out of the marital home and/or taking children with you;
  3. Find out if there are any legal repercussions for dating during your separation prior to the divorce being finalized;
  4. Consider getting a post office box as a mailing address, because you may be in transit for a few months;
  5. Try to divide any assets and or debts with your spouse (however be sure to consult with your lawyer before making any final decisions);
  6. Save as much money as you can.  You may end up with some hefty legal bills and unexpected expenses;
  7. Educate yourself as much as you can about the divorce process, including but not limited to; property distribution, debt distribution, spousal support, child support, child custody, visitation, division of assets, etc.  The more knowledge you have the more successful your divorce will be;
  8. Prepare yourself emotionally as well as financially.  Consider counseling for you and/or your children to make the transition less traumatic;
  9. Consider laying out a weekly or monthly budget;
  10. Decide when, where, and why you will talk with your soon to ex-spouse; and
  11. Put things in motion to begin changing your Will, Power of Attorney, and Health Care Directive.  If you do not have these already in place, it is a great time to get started.