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How to prepare for divorce

A divorce is like an event that will have some of the greatest impacts on the future of yourself and your family. A divorce can decide how much income you have each month, where your children live and how long you can see them, and even where you can live without seeking legal permission.

Nearly two out of every five marriages end in divorce nowadays. With divorces being so common, people should know how they can prepare for a divorce. Whether you are considering initiating a divorce, or if you think someone will serve you divorce papers soon, here are some tips on how you can prepare for a divorce:

Be courteous

It may be challenging, but keep yourself from saying any confrontational to your future ex-spouse. Antagonizing them can only become a hindrance for yourself and your children. An angry spouse may go back on previous agreements or fight for assets they previously did not want.

Avoid social media

A spouse may think that not talking about the divorce online is enough to protect themselves, but there is more to it than that. Bragging about a new job or raise can get back to your spouse and give them leverage in alimony and child support negotiations. Posting pictures of your new boat can come up in the asset division. Even if your spouse cannot directly look at your account, mutual friends and family can. Make a point of avoiding all social media until the divorce is over.

Gather documentation

Medical records, mortgage information, and bank statements are all essential documents that will likely come into question during your divorce. Make copies of these documents, and keep the originals around as well.

Consult with an attorney

A family law attorney is crucial for a divorce. Their guidance is critical in helping a spouse defend their best interests and also avoid critical mistakes. Even if a couple plans to pursue a non-contested divorce, a lawyer can help ensure that their client is not giving up more than they should.

Now is the best time to consult with an attorney if you think you will start a divorce soon. Take some time to make sure you are looking after your best interests with every action you take and let your attorney help you through your divorce.

 

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