Do you want to get divorced? Are you asking yourself, “Should I stay or should I go?”
The decision to divorce is critical, with lifelong consequences. If you are still contemplating divorce, you should determine what may or may not lie ahead. As you continue to contemplate divorce and board the emotional roller coaster of deciding whether or not to end your marriage, you should first recognize that divorce doesn’t just happen overnight – it starts with the mere notion of separation – maybe after an argument or several disagreements relating to your parenting skills.
One of the toughest parts of going through the back-and-forth in your head is not knowing much about divorce or not knowing what comes next. By preparing for a divorce before it actually happens, you can reduce much of the stress and conflict that many people face when they start the divorce process. Planning ahead allows you to make sound decisions and start preparing for your life after divorce, as well as helping you to avoid some of the post-divorce issues.
You need to come up with a plan. Determine a fair and realistic list of goals so that you can determine what you want out of the divorce. When the idea of separating becomes more real, it may be time to contact an attorney to discuss the steps of the divorce process.
Contact Holstrom, Block & Parke. We’ll help you establish a game plan.
Planning for Your Divorce
There are a number of things you should do now before you begin legal proceedings. We help clients organize their personal and professional finances before they begin the divorce process. Pre-divorce planning is recommended for married parties of all incomes. It is time to get organized. The more prepared you are with your assets, debts, and income, the sooner you can enter the family law process of dissolving your marriage. To schedule an initial consultation with a divorce planning lawyer, contact us. Divorce is a systematic process that requires documentation of important financial information, estate planning documents, and more. By gathering these documents now, you can save time further along in the process.Your pre-divorce planning may include:
- Organizing assets and debts
- Gathering appropriate financial documents
- Identify your separate versus community property
Couples with children should think about establishing a temporary child custody arrangement that will stay in effect until child custody is determined by the court. Effective pre-divorce planning can help you plan for your future financial needs and those of your family. The courts do not typically have the authority to give orders for necessities like rent, food, and utilities. With proper pre-divorce planning, we can help you establish how these important daily needs will be taken care of.
We can help you determine your options in a variety of matter. In the event that the other spouse is not cooperating, we can assist you in mapping out important decisions about your future. Answers to such things as where you are going to live or what car you will drive can become very problematic if your spouse it unwilling to cooperate with you. Guidance from our attorneys is critical if you are facing tough practical questions about your life during and after separation and divorce.
The divorce attorneys at Holstrom, Block & Parke understand the deeply personal concerns you are facing. We are committed to providing you with experienced, professional and compassionate personal service. Call us at one of our conveniently located offices today!