Planning for Divorce? Here’s the First Thing You Need to Do

Planning for divorce? That’s good. You should never leap into a divorce without a plan. A divorce is a huge step. It may involve a change of residence or relocation. Divorce can impact your children, your job — every aspect of your life that you once shared with your spouse is now changing. So more than anything, you need a plan.

The first step in planning for divorce is to get your paperwork in order. Start a folder that contains all the information pertinent to your divorce: marriage license, deeds, bank statements, birth records for your children, mortgage documents, and anything else that seems relevant.

If you haven’t yet discussed divorce with your partner, it’s a good idea to make a plan. If you want to tell them in person, do it in a location where you feel safe. Have a strategy in mind if things don’t go well. Arrange to phone a friend or relative when you meet with your spouse, and be sure to check in with them afterward.

Once you tell people that you’re planning for divorce, you’ll be inundated with well-meaning advice. While some of that may include helpful and wise counsel, you’re better off speaking to an experienced family law attorney who can help you through your divorce. There’s literally no substitute for the expertise of a legal professional or for having a lawyer fighting for you.

Are you seeing someone new? Dating can be a potential pitfall when you’re planning for divorce. If at all possible, it’s best to put new relationships on hold until everything is signed and settled.

Discussing an impending divorce with your children can be heartbreaking. Do what you can to mitigate the difficulty by having a plan in place. Try to anticipate what your children might ask, and come up with some potential responses. Ideally, be as truthful as you can while remaining age appropriate.

A vital step in planning for divorce involves consulting with, and possibly hiring, a divorce lawyer with experience in cases like yours. To arrange a consultation with an exceptional family law attorney, contact Espronceda Law at 210-504-1514 or by using this contact form.

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