Divorce is one of those things that you assume will only happen to other people, until it happens to you. Part of getting married to begin with is the assumption that the relationship isn’t going to end, which makes divorce that much more difficult. There are a number of things that must be dealt with in a divorce, and nut just the relationship itself — there are assets, children, and other things to worry about. It can be tough to be fully prepared for a divorce, but here are a few things to keep in mind to get you started.
1. Take an Inventory.
Part of the divorce process is the splitting up of assets. This can include financial holdings like checking and savings accounts, as well as real estate, and belongings. One of the first things you should do if you know that a divorce is coming is take stock of everything in the home. This means taking pictures of valuables in the home and keeping clear and accurate documentation about everything else.
2. Consider the Kids.
Probably the most important thing you need to think about in a divorce is any children. A divorce can be especially hard on kids, so it’s important to make sure that you keep their best interest in mind when you’re going through the divorce process and worrying about any custody arrangements. Mediation for child custody is helpful in most cases.
3. Hire a Divorce Lawyer.
Before you even get divorce papers drawn up, you need to hire a divorce lawyer. You’re going to need expert counsel and representation, and having a good lawyer will help. Make sure that you’ve interviewed a few different divorce lawyers to make sure that you’re on the same page for how the case is going to be handled.
Do you have any other tips for preparing for a divorce? Feel free to share them with us in the comments section. Good references.