Divorce is often messy and complicated. Making the decision is often scary and uncomfortable, especially when you have to tell the other person. Whether you have told your spouse or not, there are some things that you need to do right away when you are getting divorced.
Some of the first steps that you need to take in a divorce include:
Talk to a lawyer. The first thing that you should do when considering a divorce is to talk to a divorce lawyer. He or she will help you get through this difficult time, by outlining the steps that you will have to take. He or she will also prepare you for what is going to happen every step of the way.
Determine what is going to happen during the divorce. Divorce doesn’t just happen. In fact, many cases take months or even years to get through. Because of this, you need to decide what is going to happen with you and your ex during that time. Is one of you going to stay at the family home with the children until the divorce is final? Are you going to sell the home right away so you can both afford to find a new place to live? How are you going to communicate with each other during this time? Can you be civil to each other and talk about the children, or will you need to talk through a third-party?
Gather paperwork. Before you can even start to divide up your assets, you have to figure out what they are. This often takes time. Not only do you need to talk about your checking and savings accounts, but you also have to consider the home, any retirement funds, pension, and everything else that you own that has value.
The first thing that you need to do when you decide that divorce is your only option is to talk to a lawyer. He or she will help you through the entire process. You also need to determine what is going to happen while you are going through the divorce. Are you both going to continue to live in the home? Are you both going to move out? What are you going to do about the children?
Then, you have to start gathering all of your paperwork together. You need to come up with all of your assets so that you are able to split them up as fairly as possible.
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