Getting Divorced? Here’s An Important Checklist To Have On Hand
Are you getting divorced? If so, you’re likely feeling a range of emotions—anxiety, sadness, fear, and anger, to name a few.
Because no one ever plans to get divorced, but it happens to millions of couples every year.
And whether it’s amicable or contentious, divorcing can be a difficult process.
Wondering what to do next can cause additional stress and confusion.
But don’t worry!
With the right preparation, you can make it through as smoothly as you possibly can.
Important Things To Have On Your Divorce Checklist
No one said getting divorced would be easy, but with a little preparation, it doesn’t have to be as difficult as you think.
Here’s a quick divorce checklist to help you get started.
- Become Educated and Empowered: It’s important to understand the legal process and what you can expect.
- Research the laws of your State on property, support and custody.
- See what documentation you will need when going through a divorce.
- Gather as much information as possible.
- Seek advice from counsel to discuss the specifics of your case. You don’t necessarily have to use them but they will help guide you in the right direction..
- Choose the right type of divorce. Decide on whether your divorce will be a:
- Litigation-is when a divorce is contested by one or both parties and a Judge needs to make all the decisions for you. This approach is lengthy and an expensive process.
- Mediation-this is a private and confidential way to dissolve your marriage by hiring a neutral party to help assist you into coming to an amicable resolution of all issues at hand. This type is the most cost efficient.
- Collaborative divorce-another private and confidential process where each party has their own attorney to help guide them through the divorce. This keeps the case out of court and is less expensive than a traditional divorce.
- Get your finances and documentation in order. Gather all of your assets, liabilities, income, expenses documentation, marriage certificate, social security, etc., as you will need to provide this information to the Court.
Figure out what you can live on after the divorce is finalized, create a budget and make sure you have enough money saved up to cover any unexpected costs.
- Start building a support system. Divorce can be very emotionally draining, so it’s important. Working with a counselor or even a divorce coach can help to limit the amount of money you spend with your attorney or mediator.
No one enters into a divorce lightly, but it’s important to have a plan in place for what comes next.
By taking the time to create a divorce checklist, you’ll be setting yourself up for an easier transition into your new life.
This is a mentally and physically draining all around. Be kind to yourself as this too shall pass.
At the end of the day ALWAYS REMEMBER TO TAKE CARE OF YOU!
Feeling overwhelmed by the process? Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me for help!