No one plans on getting a divorce, but if the signs are there and you know a divorce might be in your future, then there are things you can do to make the process easier on yourself—and possibly the entire family.
How to Prepare for a Divorce
Preparing for a divorce is in your best interest. While you may not like the idea of planning in advance, it could save you money on litigation costs and even speed up the divorce process to avoid dealing with it longer than necessary.
1. Consult a Miami Divorce Lawyer – The first thing you need to do is contact a Miami family law attorney and find out your rights and options. You can figure out custody options, support, and more just from one meeting with an attorney.
2. Make Copies – You will need to make copies of documents, such as tax returns, bank statements, retirement accounts, credit and debit card accounts, mortgages, and so on. You will also want copies of any deeds or auto titles you may have as well as financial data you or your spouse has on the computer.
3. Make an Inventory – Write down major items in the house, the estimated value, etc. This will help during the division of assets.
4. Know all Budgets and Expenses – Write down the incomes of both you and your spouse, and the cost of living you both currently face jointly.
5. Make a Few Decisions Regarding Debts – While nothing is permanent right now, you should write down a plan for how you will handle any family debts – such as credit card payments you have been managing during the marriage.
6. Know What Your Spouse Earns Each Month – If your spouse works, you will need to find out their regular salary and make copies of paystubs to confirm it. If they are self-employed, you will need to see their profit and loss statement.
7. Decide Your Earning Potential – If you have not worked in a while, you will need to write down your potential for earning post-divorce. Assess your current employability, jobs you may qualify for or any education you may need to increase your earning potential and opportunities.
8. Take a Look at Your Credit – If you don’t have credit in your own name, you may want to start establishing credit history. If you have poor credit, you can work with your divorce attorney in Miami to work out debts or possibly file for bankruptcy to start fresh.
9. Start Saving – While you cannot hide assets, there is nothing wrong with saving some money of your own. This is especially true if your spouse moves out and leaves you with the bills or you have to pay for expenses until support orders are finalized.
10. Put Kids First – Regardless of what you are going through, do not neglect your children or put their needs aside. The courts will always look out for what is in the best interest of the child.
Meet with a Miami Divorce Attorney Today
Now is the time to schedule your consultation with a divorce lawyer in Miami. Contact the Law Offices of Aliette H. Carolan today to get started by calling (305)-358-2330.