5 Things You Need to Do Before you File for Divorce
Divorce is not an easy subject to consider at the best of times. Even if both parties have been aware of the situation and understanding of what needs to happen, confronting what you need to do to divorce can be tricky and confusing without the proper support. In this blog post, we’ll look at some things you need to do before filing for divorce, and who to contact to make the process as easy and painless as possible.
1. Understand your Financial Situation
When you marry, it’s understandable that you share a lot of things – especially when it comes to assets and finances. You’ll need to separate these assets in the most appropriate way when you file for divorce, and it’s imperative you have a clear understanding of what’s definitively yours. Get copies of statements and credit reports – have a clear understanding of what you owe and what you own – and clearly appreciate the difference between the two.
2. Make a Decision about Living Arrangements
Too often, situations are complicated by living arrangements and sorting out where you are going to live after filing for divorce. This is tricky issue – there are many arguments for and against staying or leaving the family home, however occasionally it pays not to upset the status quo too much while the divorce is being processed. Unless the relationship is violent, make sure you seek the appropriate advice and make a concerted effort to do what’s best for you and the family.
3. Find a Way to Communicate Appropriately
It will work out – more often than not everything is okay in the end….however there may be times you don’t believe in this and quite often communication is the key. Especially when it comes to family issues, you will have to communicate, so make sure you find a way to convey thoughts and feelings no matter how difficult the scenario.
4. Set Up Accounts on Your Own
After organising and sorting out your financial situation, it’s incredibly important from there you then take steps to setting up accounts on your own. It can be a bigger job than you first think, but ultimately setting up bank accounts, credit cards and other agreements by yourself gives you the sense of independence you need to progress with filing for divorce.
5. Contact an Experienced Divorce Solicitor
Ensure you have a full understanding of the role a solicitor should take in organising your divorce. It’s important they have a number of years’ experience and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Here at Burt Brill & Cardens we offer a friendly and efficient service which aims to take the hassle out of the legal aspect of divorce. We realise this can be a stressful time for everyone concerned – our years of experience know how to make filing for divorce as easy as the situation allows.