Are you trapped in a marriage that you no longer want to be in? You are not alone. Unfortunately, statistics show that a lot of marriages end in divorce. If you are unhappy in your marriage and want to get divorced, you should know that getting a divorce takes planning. There are several steps that you need to take to protect yourself and your children. By doing this, you will be more prepared and have a better chance at getting the things you want from the divorce.
The first thing you need to do is secure the finances you will need to live independently. Most married couples have a joint checking and savings account. It's a good idea to open your open account and start depositing your income in it. By building a nest egg, you will have more financial freedom once you are on your own. This can be used for housing, bills, lawyer fees, and more.
Make sure you gather all of your important documents in a secure box with a lock on it. Hide the key in a place that no one else will think to look for it. Items that should be placed in the box include:
- Birth certificates
- Social security cards
- Life insurance policies
- Bank statements
- Tax returns
Any other information that shows income by you or your spouse should be copied and placed in the box.
The most important thing you will need is a good family law attorney. Research local family law offices and find one that has a good reputation. Meet with potential lawyers to discuss your case so you can find the best fit for you. If you have children and are fighting for custody and child support, a strong lawyer will work to get what you want. However, lawyers are quite expensive so you will need to determine how to fit this into your budget. The great thing is that a lot of offices offer consultations at low costs so you can discuss fees and find the lawyer that works for you. Once you have the lawyer on retainer, they can handle the entire process for you. They are great at answering any questions and telling you how to proceed to protect yourself legally.
Going through a divorce is one of life's most stressful things, but it can be a little bit easier by following these steps. Being prepared and knowing what to expect can take some of the worries and fears away before you go to court.