Making the decision to end your marriage is not always easy, especially if there was no significant event leading up to the decision. Many people take months or years to come to the conclusion that their marriage cannot be saved. 

If you’re one of those people, then it’s important for you to take the time to get your paperwork together before you move forward with the divorce. After you and your spouse discuss the divorce, it may be hard for you to obtain documents, especially if they are angry about your choice. In that case, it’s better to get the documents prior to the discussion, so there’s a better chance of getting all financial information and documentation on assets to your attorney.

Many factors affect your divorce

Many factors affect divorce, from the number of children you have to the amount of money you earn. You need to sit down and think carefully about how the divorce will affect you. California is a community property state, so you can expect 50 percent of the marital assets, which may help you plan for the future as a single person.

When it’s time for you to say enough is enough and move on from your marriage, you’ll want to seek professional help. Several important people may help you, ranging from forensic accountants to your attorney, so that you know you’re prepared for the divorce and have the ability to negotiate for your best interests. Our site has more on divorce and what you should do if you’re ready to separate from your spouse.