9 Steps To Take Before Filing For Divorce (Part 2)

Continued from Part 1

5. If you have children, it is very important to consider what arrangements need to be made that will meet the best interests of the children. It is important to consider if there should be shared or joint custody, or if there should be visitation for one spouse. Do not approach these considerations as a way to try and punish your spouse, but look at what would work best for the children.

6. Account for all of your debt, including community and separate debts. Make copies of all documents and statements for you and your spouse, as well as all statements that have to do with loans and other debt, such as credit cars, car loans, home loans, vehicles, student loans, tax liabilities, etc. You will need these documents when it comes to discussing financial support in your divorce process.

7. Start establishing credit in your own name, especially if you don’t have any. You can do this by obtaining a credit card that is in your name only. Use it sparingly and make sure you can pay it off each month. You want to establish a good credit score without getting yourself into too much debt.

8. Keep a diary and record everything that is going on, such as how much time you are spending with your children, if there are any issues with regard to possible domestic violence, harassment or parental alienation, etc. These are things you should always keep dated and detailed record of so you can use them in court. Keep your diary or journal in a safe place that you can access when needed. Keep track of emails, text message and other forms of communication between you and your spouse.

9. Evaluate your situation and determine is divorce is absolutely the answer that you want to look to. Make sure the timing is right, and that the decision to divorce is not a rushed one being made purely from emotional reaction. Analyze what solutions would make the most sense for you and your spouse, and most importantly for your children.

Every divorce case is different. An experienced Glendale divorce lawyer at The Sampair Group will look at the unique circumstances of your divorce and work with you to reach the best possible outcome. Contact us today for a free consultation.