Tis the Season for Divorce
The holidays are now behind us and more and more couples are finally ready to pull the plug on their marriage. Here is a checklist that will help you get your affairs in order before you begin the divorce process:
Do you need an attorney? If you and your spouse agree on all issues and would like to work together to make the process as painless as possible, it may be wise to prepare your own divorce documents or hire a legal document assistant to assist you. LDAs are an excellent alternative to hiring an attorney as long as you don't need legal advice and you agree to most or all issues.
If you have children, keep in mind that they are your priority. Many times divorces are extremely emotional and there is hurt, frustration, jealousy and a host of other emotions. However, if you have children, keep them out of it. When it comes to children your duty is to keep it as normal as possible and to put their needs first. Avoid talking poorly about the other parent in front of them, and work hard to put your personal issues aside so that you can co-parent with your spouse.
Get your financial affairs in order. Divorce is heavy on the paperwork. With financial disclosures and copies of all financial records required from the parties. Take time to inventory your assets including household items, bank accounts, investments, real property, vehicles as well as all of your debt. You will need statements for each asset and debt and 2 years of tax returns that will have to be served on your spouse. This information takes time to gather so get your ducks in a row early and you will find the process much easier.
What is your earning potential and what does your spouse earn? Now is time to review what you are currently bringing home and what your spouse earns as well. If you are a stay at home parent or are out of work now, it is a good time to do some research into the job market, explore what skills you have and perhaps check in with a headhunter to see what your earning potential may be.
Know your credit score! This is important, especially if you will need to qualify for a new mortgage or even to qualify for a rental property. Know where you stand, and if your credit score is on the low end, now is time to work on improving that score.
If you are preparing to go through a divorce or are in the middle of one, we can help. If you are stuck on paperwork or would like to proceed with your divorce but aren't sure what the next step is, contact my office today and set up a consultation. You can also book right from our website, click on the book now link!
Diablo LDA & Attorney Services is not a law firm. Jessica Ward is a registered & bonded LDA #163 with Contra Costa County, Expiration 1/8/20. We cannot offer legal advice, represent you in court or select forms for you. We can offer self help services at your specific direction.