12 Things To Do Before Filing For Divorce
what to Do Before Filing for divorce
FROM AN EXPERIENCED ORANGE COUNTY DIVORCE ATTORNEY
Considering divorce in California? There are few things you need to keep in mind before filing your divorce petition to court. Download a free copy to learn about the 12 things you need to do before filing divorce.
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12 Things To Do Before Filing Divorce
Interview attorneys to determine which attorney you feel comfortable working with for a while.
Review Your Insurance
If you have insurance through your spouse's employer, get all major medical and dental procedures finished before you file.
Talk to Your Spouse
If you can talk to your spouse, discuss what life looks like after you are divorced - including custody and financial support.
Talk to Your Children
If you have children, and you have an open communication with your spouse, you should discuss the future with your children.
Understand Your Finances
Make sure you know how much income, debt, and liquid assets your family has, as well as how long spousal support will last.
Know Your Financial Needs
Before filing divorce, you should have a good grasp of how much money is needed to meet your needs and pay for your insurance.
Preserve Proof of Your Assets
Get originals and copies of all important financial documents for the last three months.
Protect Your Online Presence
Make sure to change passwords for your online bank accounts, investment accounts, and emails.
Secure Valuable Items
If you have items that you wish to keep, you should take them with you and preserve them before filing your petition.
Moving Out of Your Home
If you wish to find another place to leave, it's better to take your children with you or file custody orders as soon as possible.
Do Not Sign Any Agreements
It's important to have your attorney review any agreements between you and your spouse before you sign it.
Develop a Support Network
Find people you can trust, including friends and a therapist, who can support you through the divorce process.