How to Prepare for a Divorce

How to Prepare for a Divorce mike the lawyer

Although every couple is different, here are some tips to prepare for divorce and make it as smooth as possible.

Divorce is a challenging, emotional, and stressful process for many people. Deciding to get a divorce is necessary and takes a lot of strength, but it is only the first step in the process. Many couples who choose to get divorced wonder how to prepare for the process. If you need help with your upcoming divorce, do not hesitate to contact the legal team at Mastracci Law Office. Although every couple is different, here are some tips to prepare for the process and make it as smooth as possible.

Gather Financial and Personal Documents

Part of the divorce process sometimes includes proving who owns which assets to the courts. Gathering all relevant and necessary documentation is helpful when planning a divorce. These documents include bank account statements, debt statements, tax forms, and proof of income. Most divorces will go through a financial disclosure to ensure finances are divided equally and to make decisions regarding child support and alimony.

Both parties should also ensure they have their legal documents, such as social security cards and birth certificates. It also includes insurance policies for homeowners, auto insurance, life insurance, and identity theft.

Put the Children First

Parents with children have a lot to consider during a divorce. To prepare for this part of the divorce, parents should develop a draft custody plan that includes each party’s visitation times, school breaks, and holiday schedules. Devise a calendar to track the child’s time with the other parent. The calendar should include communication issues, transportation arrangements, expenses paid, and canceled visits. If you require child support during the divorce, and your spouse doesn’t want to pay, ask the court for a hearing to request pendente lite child support. This is a type of temporary child support while the divorce is pending.

Consider Divorce Mediation

Divorce mediation, a form of dispute resolution to help parties reach an agreement that meets everyone’s needs, is generally voluntary but something you should strongly consider. Mediation can help couples reach agreements more quickly and help appease both parties.

Hire a Divorce Lawyer

Last but not least, you should research and hire a good divorce lawyer. This is key in working through divorce issues and ensuring your needs and interests are adequately represented. Most people don’t know or fully understand the legal factors, laws, and guidelines surrounding divorce. An experienced divorce lawyer can guide you through the process and ensure you don’t make costly mistakes during the proceedings.

The Right Lawyer Can Make All the Difference

Hiring a lawyer should be the first thing you do when encountering any legal matter, not a last resort. Whether you’re thinking about a separation or divorce or have been charged with a crime, been injured in an accident, or your civil rights have been violated, you need to first know your rights. Contact Mike Mastracci today at 614 Edmondson Ave Catonsville, MD 21228 (with satellite offices in Ocean City, Snow Hill, and Salisbury, Maryland), 410-869-3400, and check us out on Facebook.

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