What should I know before filing for Divorce?
Gary Ashmore, Managing Attorney
One of the most important things before filing for divorce is I would recommend that you consult with an attorney.
A lot of family law attorneys out there have free consultations for you to go in and visit with them. So, whether it’s a divorce that you think you want to handle yourself or not, I recommend and suggest that you talk with a qualified family law attorney to get your options.
Once you have done that and determined whether or not you can handle it by yourself. However, I would recommend if there’s any contested issues, that you follow-up with hiring an attorney.
One of the biggest things you need to know before filling for a divorce is to know what your assets and your liabilities are, especially if you’re the spouse that’s not handling the money in the marriage, then you want to get a handle on what’s being spent, where, what your income is, what your spouse’s income is, you want to know what kind of debt, credit card debts, other debts you may have out there…are you on the mortgage or not on the mortgage…before you file for divorce because it’s going to be hard to find that information out after you’ve filed because obviously it becomes a little more difficult and you have to go through a discovery process and it’s expensive.
The other thing I would suggest before filing for divorce is that you’ve got to have a plan…whatever you do, have a plan of action.
You don’t want to go down there, file for divorce without thinking “what am I going to do next?”
So, I recommend having a plan in place, talking with an attorney, before proceeding with a divorce and filing for a divorce petition.
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