3 First Steps to Filing Divorce
So, you want a divorce.
With one divorce occurring every 13 seconds in the U.S., it is not uncommon for a marriage to result in divorce. Often, the decision to end your marriage can be one made out of frustration without realization of proper divorce procedures or best practices. The steps listed below are designed to help you start this difficult process on the right foot.
- Make sure divorce is right for you. Deciding to part your separate ways with your spouse is an incredibly difficult decision for you and your family. Keep in mind that divorce can take anywhere from a few months to several years, so this process is not necessarily a short one. Begin gathering the necessary funds for your lawyer and court fees as soon as possible. This will allow you to file once you have your documents ready and can prevent a longer wait time for finalization.
- Choose the right lawyer. Especially in cases where there are substantial assets or children involved, divorce proceedings can be more complicated than you previously imagined. The right divorce lawyer will walk you through all of the necessary procedures in order to keep you educated and informed. Make sure to interview potential local lawyers so that you can see what each has to offer you.
- Start deciding which assets are important to you. If you and your spouse are on good terms, you can start discussing your respective wants and needs with them. If you are not on speaking terms, start compiling a list of the physical things that are most important to you, such as a car or home. This can be a good time to start discussing any custody agreements as well.
In short, the above steps can help start your proceedings on a well-prepared note to make this process smoother for everyone involved. Have additional questions? Contact us at (480) 300-6012