When you got married, the last thing you expected was to end up divorced. Now that you're looking at demise of your marriage, you want it to go as smoothly as possible. To do that, you want to avoid as many problems as possible. Before you proceed with your divorce, here are four steps you should take to reduce problems.
Hire an Attorney
If you've decided to proceed with your divorce without legal representation, you should rethink that decision – especially if your spouse is going to hire an attorney. Attempting a divorce without an attorney could cause serious problems, particularly in the area of property settlements and child custody issues. Before you move forward with your divorce, you need to sit down with a divorce attorney, such as Novenstern Fabriani & Gaudio, LLP.
Know Your Debts and Assets
When it comes to the division of property, it's important to realize that your debts are just as important as your assets. Now that you're going to be filing for divorce, take the time to make a list of all your debts and assets. Be sure to include the amount you owe on each debt, as well as the approximate value of your assets. During the property division, you'll want to make sure that your debts and assets are divided evenly. This will ensure that you don't get left owing the bulk of the community debt.
Stay in Your Home
If your marriage is falling apart, you may want to get out of the house as soon as possible. Unfortunately, that's one of the worst things you can do in a divorce – especially if you have minor children. Moving out of the family home will give your spouse control over the largest marital asset you have. If you have children, and your spouse stays in the family home, you may have a difficult time showing that you have the ability to provide a stable environment for them. If the marriage isn't abusive, you owe it to yourself, and your children, to continue living in the family home until after the divorce.
Keep a Tight Lip
During a divorce, you don't really know who's on your side. This is particularly true when it comes to friends and co-workers. During the divorce – and after – avoid entering into conversations about your spouse. This is particularly true of conversations that might be derogatory about them. You don't want to take the chance that something you say ends up being used against you during the divorce.
If you're facing divorce, don't take chances with your future. Use the information provided above to avoid problems with your divorce.
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