If you believe your marriage is beyond repair, you may be considering a
divorce. To ensure the process goes smoothly, it is essential to be prepared.
divorce includes understanding how the process works, getting all pertinent documents
organized, and seeking skilled legal counsel. Continue reading to learn
more about what it takes to prepare for your divorce.
Getting Ready to End Your Marriage
Divorce is both a complex legal process and an emotionally charged experience,
so there are many ways in which you will have to prepare for it.
Here are some tips that can get you started:
Organize yourself: Before embarking on a divorce, it is important to gather all the necessary
financial documents. For example, you will need to collect your most recent
state and federal tax returns, brokerage account statements, pay stubs,
bank account statements, and credit card statements. You should also create
a marital budget to assess what your monthly expenses are and what they
will be once you are living in separate households.
Find support: Divorce is not just about paperwork. Spouses going through this process
can get easily overwhelmed as they navigate a vast array of emotions.
Find the support you need, whether it be a therapist or your friends.
There is no reason why you should have to go through this on your own.
Hire a divorce attorney: Although many people are often tempted to dissolve their marriage without
the assistance of an attorney, the fact is that a legal professional can
help prevent avoidable mistakes and unnecessary delays. Do not underestimate
the importance of hiring an experienced divorce attorney.
Close joint credit card accounts: Closing your credit accounts will prevent your spouse from racking up debts
that you may potentially be responsible for. If you still owe money on
these accounts and cannot pay them off, be sure to continue making payments
to avoid wrecking your credit.
Reach Out to an Experienced Divorce Attorney to Get Started on Your Case!
If your marriage is on its way toward divorce, the
family law team at the Law Office of Kathryn Marteeny can provide the guidance you
need to overcome the obstacles you may face. With more than three decades
of experience on our side, you can rest assured our team can help you.
Call our law firm today at
(713) 936-2300 to set up an initial case review with one of our knowledgeable divorce
attorneys to learn more about your legal options and how we can help get
you through this difficult time.