To write that divorce can be overwhelming would be an understatement. The divorce process is one of the most complicated civil litigations, involving multiple other legal disputes such as spousal support, property division, child custody and support, and more.
For this reason, contested divorces where both parties disagree on how to proceed can take months or even years to finalize. Knowing what steps you should take to prepare can help make the process more manageable.
Your Divorce Checklist
Whether you're considering filing for divorce or are already filing to dissolve your marriage, here are some steps you can take to make the process easier:
- Open a separate bank account (and inform your spouse and the court). If your spouse has access to your personal bank account and you fear they'll squander your assets, this may be a good idea. Opening your own account can also come in handy during the property division process (more on that later). Just make sure you notify the court and your soon-to-be-ex when you open the new account (your attorney can help with this).
- Document your property, assets, and liabilities as completely as you can, including separate and marital property. If possible, make copies of any important documents such as birth certificates, mortgages, business paperwork, employment and income records, etc. Take photos of assets such as property, cars, etc. with a newspaper in the picture to signify the date. Store these documents in a safety deposit box—they will be invaluable during the property division, spousal support, and child custody and support processes.
- Take care with how you handle social media. You can read our blogs about using social media during your divorce and child custody battles to learn more.
- If you have children, keep any documentation concerning them on-hand, preferably as a copy in the safety deposit box. These documents can help you navigate child custody and support battles more easily.
- Change any records that need to be adjusted. Information such as the name on your will, who you give Power of Attorney to, how your life insurance policy works, who has access to your bank account, etc., may all require adjustments post-divorce.
Taking these steps can help make divorce less overwhelming for you. At Conti Moore Law, PLLC, our attorneys have the tools to help you navigate your divorce case.
To receive a consultation with our team, contact us online or via phone at (407) 315-2006.