Getting a divorce means big changes in your life, but there are ways to make the process easier. One of the best ways to do that is to be sure you understand what the process will entail, and prepare for it as much as possible beforehand. Then you can feel more secure in your decision. Here are six things you can do before you file for divorce, so you will be ready.
1. Make copies of records and documents.
You should always know where your personal papers are, and how to access them. If they belong to you, put them in a safe place where you can easily reach them to take them with you. If there are joint records and documents that you will need, you should make copies of them.
2. Take an inventory of the things in your house.
Knowing what you have in your home matters in a divorce, especially during the property division phase. That is especially true if you have valuable pieces, antiques, keepsakes or heirlooms for a particular side of the family. One of the best ways to inventory your items is to make a video that contains a time and date stamp of each room.
3. Understand your budget, finances, and debt level.
If you are not sure how much your spouse earns, you do not have control over the checking or savings account, or you suspect there may be accounts to which you do not even have access, you will want to investigate your true financial situation and understand your level of debt.
4. Create a nest egg.
Saving up for an impending divorce can be one of the ways to get prepared. You should have some money of your own, especially if you plan to move out and will need to rent an apartment or purchase a home of your own.
5. Get a copy of your credit report.
Knowing what kind of credit score you have and whether you have credit cards just in your own name matters. If you do not have any credit of your own, it may be time to apply for some and start disentangling your finances from those of your spouse.
6). Seek out an attorney to protect your interests.
Even when you feel like you have done everything you can, do not forget to find an attorney who will help you through the process. The Law Office of Keith B. Schulefand can help you obtain a divorce settlement that is fair and just for you.