When your marriage is struggling, the decision of whether or not to seek a divorce is an incredibly trying situation. Once an individual decides they want a divorce, the first question they often ask is, “What should I do first?” Before you even discuss the divorce with your spouse, there are considerations you should make. Keep these tips in mind if you are considering asking your partner for a divorce.
- Get reliable advice and support. Facing a divorce alone is stressful and complicated, so it is always best to have a trustworthy support system. One of the first steps you should take before beginning your divorce is to discuss matters with a reputable attorney. You will need more than legal support, though. Discuss your feelings with close friends or family and consider hiring a divorce coach.
- Plan ahead. The best way to be ready for a smooth divorce process is to be organized and have a plan. Be sure you know what your goals are and where everything is that you will need to move divorce proceedings along smoothly.
- Be well informed. Be sure to gather all of your information regarding bank accounts, shared assets, and even debt. You should always create a post-divorce budget so that you will know what you’re going to need to live on after everything is finalized. Be sure to take all of your expenses into account and prepare for the worst from your partner. They may try to lock you out of accounts or hide assets from you.
Most of all, be sure to have a vision of what you want your life to look like after the divorce. When you are armed with this information, it will help your attorney to assist you in achieving your goals. As you plan for your divorce, reach out to the attorneys at Davis & Pedrojetti for help. Visit our website or call us at (541) 842-2139.