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DIVORCE

What Is the First Thing to Do When Planning a Divorce?

If you are considering divorce, the first thing you need to do is contact a family law attorney. The attorney you hire needs to be different from the lawyer your spouse or family normally uses. That way, your lawyer can give you individual, unbiased legal counsel and act in your best interest – every step of the way.

Why Do I Need an Attorney Before I File?

From serving your spouse with the divorce papers to finalizing your divorce in court, you will need to follow specific rules and adhere to all relevant laws throughout your divorce proceedings. Additionally, consulting an attorney before you file for divorce can help you protect your assets and bank accounts. In some situations, divorce planning can even help you mitigate support payments and avoid costly and time-consuming litigation.

During a consultation, you will be able to consider uncontested divorce and all your legal options. Ultimately, there is no drawback to meeting with an attorney before you file for divorce. Any legal advice you receive from our experienced attorneys will be well-worth what you pay for it. Scheduling a consultation is truly a win-win.

Other Considerations

Planning can help keep your divorce from being messy, costly, and complicated. Make as many decisions as you can before serving your spouse with the paperwork, and the whole process will be easier on everyone. For example, planning for divorce may include opening a separate account, saving money, thinking about where you will live, organizing your paperwork, and opening a P.O. box so you don’t miss important documents. Because your whole life is still linked to your spouse’s, your attorney can help you reestablish your independence and protect your interests without engaging in illegal activities like hiding your assets.

You may also want to update your will and estate plan to ensure your soon-to-be-ex does not have power of attorney or access to your assets if you get hurt or become seriously ill during the divorce.

If you forget to think about anything, don’t worry. Your attorney will remind you and help you figure out what you need to do before you file. Meeting with an attorney can also help you think about your divorce as what it is – a legal process. Although there are many complicated feelings involved, having a level-headed advocate on your side can help you keep the peace with your spouse and make the process as easy as possible.

While you’re planning for divorce, you may want to start seeing a therapist, as well. Once again, the more challenges you address before you file, the better you will be able to handle the ones that arise – anticipated or not.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

Our attorneys at the Figueroa Law Group, P.A. are highly experienced and ready to assist you. We offer personalized, collaborative service, and we stay accessible to help you prepare for – and get through – your divorce. Don’t delay your divorce planning.

Instead, call us at (321) 248-1011 or contact us online to get started today.

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