Preparing for a divorce can be overwhelming, but it’s important to be proactive and take steps to protect yourself. Here are some things to consider:
1. **Consult a divorce attorney.** A divorce attorney can help you understand the legal process, your rights, and what to expect during a divorce. They can also advise you on the best course of action to take in your particular situation. If you are considering an amicable divorce, we encourage you to reach out to one of our vetted and experienced professionals in our Membership Directory. These attorneys can let you know your options, and help guide you on which type of divorce is best for your situation.
2. **Gather financial documents.** Make copies of all financial documents such as bank statements, tax returns, and investment accounts. Also, keep track of your monthly expenses and debts.
3. **Inventory assets and property.** Make a list of all assets and property that you and your spouse own, including real estate, vehicles, and personal property. It’s also important to know the value of these assets.
4. **Protect your credit score.** Close joint bank accounts and credit cards to prevent your spouse from running up debt that you’ll be responsible for. Establish your own credit by applying for a credit card in your name and making timely payments.
5. **Take care of yourself.** Divorce can be emotionally and mentally draining. It’s important to take care of yourself by seeking support from family and friends, seeing a therapist, and engaging in self-care activities.
Remember that every divorce is unique, and there may be additional steps you need to take based on your individual situation. Amicable Divorce is an out of court, low conflict and resolution focused process. We encourage you to explore amicable divorce before choosing costly and destructive litigation.