We all know that not all marriages last forever. Once the honeymoon ends and months and even years go by, a couple may no longer be compatible. If you are facing an imminent divorce, there are some things you should do to prepare.
You should go through household files and make copies of tax returns, bills, bank statements, check registers, retirement account statements, wills, Social Security statements, mortgage documents, car registrations, etc. If your spouse is self-employed it is important to gather as much information regarding their income as possible as well.
Consult an attorney
An attorney can help you be informed of your legal rights and responsibilities. If there are things you shouldn’t be doing during the divorce process an attorney can let you know.
Find out exactly what your spouse makes
If your spouse earns a regular salary, it is easy to find a pay stub. If they’re self-employed, owns a business or receives payments in cash it is important to figure out what they make. It can be easy for a spouse to hide income.
Put your kids at the top of any agenda
The divorce process can be hard on children. Keeping their schedules as normal as possible and stay involved in your children’s school, sports, activities, etc.
Know the household budget
If you haven’t been involved in paying the bills each month now is the time to learn how much is going out. This includes the mortgage, utilities, and other household expenses. Also keep track of how much you spend on a daily basis so you can know how much you need after the divorce is finalized.
A divorce is never an easy process but with planning and an attorney to help, you can stay informed and be ready for a fresh start when the divorce is finalized.