Steps To Take If You're Considering A Divorce

If you're considering filing for divorce from your spouse, there are steps you need to take. First, make sure divorce is what you want. If you're a little unsure about filing, try asking your spouse to go with you to couple's counseling with you first to see if your marriage is worth saving. If you are in a marriage that is harmful to your health, as your spouse is either physically or mentally abusive, then do what you need to do for your own health. 

If you are ready to file for divorce, read below for some steps to take.

Find A Divorce Lawyer

Look for a lawyer in your area that specializes in divorce. Your appointment is kept confidential, so there's no need to worry that someone may tell your spouse that you're considering a divorce. Some lawyers offer free consultations, so you can make the initial appointment and see if you feel comfortable with the lawyer. If you don't, you didn't lose anything. Make an appointment elsewhere until you find a lawyer that you feel comfortable talking to and that you think can handle your particular case.

Figure Out Your Assets

Your attorney may ask you for this information, but you will want to do this for your own self as well. Make a list of your assets - items you own that may be worth something such as realty, vehicles, sports/recreational vehicles, jewelry, collectibles, retirement funds, investments and money saved. Write everything out that you own, take copies of paperwork and also take photos of belongings for your own record and give copies to your attorney in the event something goes missing later down the road.

Figure Out Where You Will Live

Once the divorce is filed, the marital home may be sold and the money from the house divided up between you and your spouse. Sometimes one or the other may be awarded the home, depending on your divorce. If you aren't able to afford the home yourself, you are going to need to find a new place to live. It's best to start looking right away so you aren't scrambling around later to find a place to stay. 

Figure Out Your Income

If you don't have a well-paying job, or were a stay-at-home parent, you should start looking for a job so you are able to support yourself after the divorce. Not all states award maintenance (spousal support), so don't count on this after your divorce. It's better to be able to support yourself. 

When considering a divorce, think about the future, not just the here and now. Take the proper steps before jumping into a divorce filing and make sure you are going to be OK financially after the divorce. Make an appointment today with a divorce lawyer for a consultation and for helpful information regarding the process of divorce.