Filing For Divorce? What You Should Do Beforehand

Filing for divorce is a big deal. It's a huge step in your life and one you should think about — it's not a quick decision you should make. If you are set on filing for divorce, there are a number of things you should do before you actually file. Read on for helpful information to help you be better prepared for when you do file for your divorce.

Get Your Financial Ducks In A Row

Make sure you are able to support yourself after you file for divorce. The last thing you want to do is file for your divorce and without really thinking things through, you're suddenly homeless and unable to support yourself. Make sure you are in a good place financially and will be able to afford to live on your own. Whatever you have to do, be sure you will be all right after you file and have somewhere to go if need be.

Figure Out Your Assets

Write a list of all of your marital assets, including retirement funds and other savings accounts, in addition to assets that are liquid such as collections, jewelry, vehicles, artwork, and other assets. Once you have them written out or you have copies of retirement accounts and other bank statements, you have proof of these things in the event anything goes missing or is hidden from you.

Talk To A Marriage Counselor

Before you actually go through with a divorce filing, talk to your spouse about seeing a counselor and talking about whatever issues you are having with your partner. If you have already done this and it just didn't work out for you, that's fine, but if you haven't done this, it's something to try. Talking to a marriage counselor and getting your feelings out with your partner can sometimes help and may help to strengthen your marriage. If not, divorce is still an option.

Make An Appointment With A Divorce Attorney

You should talk to a divorce attorney about filing for divorce. Don't try to go it alone and file your divorce yourself without an attorney to help protect you and keep your best interests in mind. Your attorney will look out for you and ensure you aren't being taken advantage of by your soon-to-be ex. 

If you are considering filing for divorce, make an appointment with a divorce attorney today to discuss your options and what else you should do before you actually file.