If you and your spouse are struggling, you might be considering a divorce. Divorces happen often, so you might think that because you have had a friend or neighbor go through a divorce, you know what to expect from the process. However, many people find that there were things about a divorce that they were not expecting and because of that, it delays the process. Here are some things you should do early on to prepare.
1. Talk To An Attorney Early On
One of the biggest mistakes people make is waiting until they want the divorce finalized before they even start the process with the attorney. A divorce can take months or even years to complete, which is why it is best if you can work with the attorney early on to know what you should be doing to speed things up.
There are many things that can get hung up in court, custody battles to be fought, division of assets, and so much more. If you can meet with the attorney even a couple months before you plan to file, it will give you an idea of what is to come and help you to decide if divorce is the right path for you.
2. Don't Separate Without A Formal Agreement
One of the biggest mistakes that people make is choosing to separate from their spouse without getting a formal separation agreement. The concern is that when one spouse abandons a property, or the children, it automatically gives the person who stayed in the house or with the kids adverse possession. This means that your spouse could prevent you from seeing the kids or coming onto the property until the divorce is finalized. It could even hurt your chances of getting custody if it looked like you abandoned them. This is why it is better to talk to an attorney about a separation agreement that protects both parties during the separation.
3. Get Your Finances In Order
One of the main reasons that people put off getting divorced is that they can't afford it. Both spouses will have to pay an attorney and both spouses will have expenses and debts they have to pay off, which is why it is best if you can get your finances more stable before you try to divorce. You should have good savings in your name only, try to get out of as much debt as possible, and try to have good work lined up. This will simplify the process.
By doing these things, you can help to speed up the divorce when you are ready to file. Contact an attorney like Karie L. Sanoba, Attorney at Law for additional advice.