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Does Divorce Begin with Filing?

Many people think that divorce is filed and then the work begins.

That does not have to be the case. In fact, careful preparation before filing can set the stage for a more efficient divorce and an outcome you can be happy with.

What Can Be Done To Prepare For A Divorce?

There are many things that can be done before you file for divorce. Here are three of the most important:

1. Know what you want to accomplish. This may seem simple on the surface. Obviously, you want to conclude your marriage. But how would you like property to be divided? What would you like to happen with the family home? What would you like child custody arrangements to look like? Knowing exactly what you want the outcome of your divorce to look like can ensure the creation of a legal strategy that is aligned with your goals.

2. Gather financial records. You are going to need documentation of all your financial affairs, so you might as well start collecting it now. Get pay stubs to show your income. Get bank account records. Get retirement account information. Do not forget to collect information about debts as well as assets.

3. Decide where you are going to live. Do you want to try to stay in your marital home while your divorce is in progress? If not, do you have another place you can stay? Could you move in with friends or relatives? Could you rent an apartment? Having a plan in place now can save you a great deal of stress when your divorce is filed.

Divorce is almost always stressful. The more you can accomplish during the preliminary stages, the less you will have to stress over later.