Before you actually begin divorce proceedings, there are some important steps that you can take to prepare yourself for your divorce. When you divorce, substantial changes to your life are likely to occur. You may need to live in a different home, your children may need to adjust to a different routine, and your financial situation may be quite different than it was during your marriage. By considering these issues and making certain decisions prior to your divorce proceedings, you can put yourself in a better position to handle the major changes that are likely to result from your divorce.
First, you should take a look at your income, your bills, and your overall financial situation. You need to determine if you can support yourself and your children without your spouse’s income, if necessary. You may need to consider whether you can afford to continue to live in the family home, or if you need to put the house on the market and find a more affordable alternative. Divorce can be devastating on one’s finances, and many individuals end up in bankruptcy during or following a divorce. Now is the time to scrutinize your finances and determine how to put yourself in the best financial position possible. While reviewing your financial situation, gather financial documents like bank statements, tax returns, retirement account statements, stock market investments, etc. so that you have a clear picture of where your and your spouse’s money goes.
Next, consider how you and your spouse can minimize the impact of your divorce on your children. Determine how to break the news to your children. To the extent possible, you also should work with your spouse to develop a schedule for your children after you physically separate. Your children are likely to have many questions about how their lives and schedules will change as a result of your divorce, and you should be prepared to answer them to the best of your ability.
Finally, you should seek out the assistance of an experienced Washington divorce lawyer to help you through your divorce. The issues at stake in your divorce, including your home, your finances, and your children, are too important to attempt to handle on your own. Plus, members of the public tend to have many misconceptions about divorce law. Even if you aren’t sure about filing for divorce, you should consult with an attorney who can explain the process to you and answer the many questions that you are likely to have.
Divorce cases can be very complex, so you will need to consult a Washington divorce attorney about your rights and obligations under Washington law. With our legal knowledge of Washington family law, we can help you make the decisions in your case that will best benefit you and your family in your paternity case or in any other family law matter. We are here to answer your questions, ease your mind, and help guide you through what is likely to be a difficult proceeding. At Ashby Law, we handle family law cases that involve all types of issues, including paternity, divorce, child custody, child support, property division, and spousal support. Contact our office today and see how we can assist you with your Washington divorce or family law case.