Making the decision to leave your spouse is never an easy one. And it shouldn’t be – separating is not only a huge economic decision, but also a spiritual, emotional, and religious one for many. What’s more, getting divorced also means disrupting the lives of children in many cases, and isn’t something that should be taken lightly.
That being said, if you are pretty confident in your decision to divorce, then it’s best to start preparing for the divorce process as early as possible. Here are some things to think about as you plan for divorce:
Who Will Represent You During Divorce Proceedings?
One of the very first things that you should start researching if you are thinking about getting a divorce is the attorney who will represent you. Failing to hire a lawyer during your divorce can be a big–and very costly–mistake. Do your homework and choose an attorney with experience working on divorce cases similar to yours and with a track record of success.
Where Will You Live and How Will You Support Yourself?
One of the more practical things to consider is a) where you will live during the divorce and who will be moving out of the family home and b) how you will support yourself (assuming that you are financially dependent on your spouse currently). This might mean looking for rentals now, having a conversation with your spouse about moving out, or applying for jobs to ensure that you can pay your bills once you’re solo. If you have children, also remember that where you live will have a big effect on them, too, and is something you need to take into account.
What Type of Divorce Will You Pursue?
Not all divorces are the same. In fact, while some are very contentious and are highly contested, others are much more amicable and cooperative. Think about–and perhaps talk to your spouse about–whether or not your divorce will be contested or uncontested, as well as whether or not a collaborative divorce is an option. Knowing these answers early on can influence your decision in choosing an attorney, and will also help you to plan for time and costs associated with your divorce.
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In addition to the above, you’ll probably want to start outlining what you want your divorce settlement to look like, your financial situation, and your life after divorce. It’s also smart to start gathering any evidence or documents relevant to your divorce now, such as tax returns.
If you’re thinking about a divorce, it’s never too early to meet with an attorney to discuss your case. At the office of Heather Ward Law, our Massachusetts divorce lawyer empathizes with you and want to protect your interests. To learn more, reach out to Heather Ward Law today online or by phone at 617-903-8955.