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7 Things You Must Do Before a Divorce

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Approximately half of all marriages end in divorce in the United States according to the American Psychological Association. During this stressful time, it is easy to overlook important details that could prove challenging to your divorce later on. If you have decided to ask for a divorce, or serve your spouse with divorce papers, make sure that you take these steps.

Be Certain

It’s rare that anyone makes the decision to divorce without a lot of thought and consideration. However, emotions can run high, and oftentimes people do make rash decisions they regret later.  Make sure you have taken the time you need to be comfortable with your decision, visit a counselor or professional therapist, or church leader. If you serve divorce papers, and later change your mind, the damage may be done. Your spouse may be so frustrated, hurt or angry that they are the ones that now want a divorce. Before asking for a divorce or filing papers, make sure this is the right decision for you.

Know Your Finances

Before you make the final decision to divorce, make sure to look at your finances carefully, including safety deposit boxes or safes. Take pictures of any valuable items, furniture or jewelry. If you and your spouse have separate bank accounts, change your passwords.

Know Your Custody Goals

In many circumstances, the judge will order joint custody to both parents. Courts have the best interest of the child in mind and want to be able to have them share time with both parents. Consider the fact that you will likely have to co-parent with your spouse for some period of time, therefore it is in everyone’s best interest to make the process as amicable as possible.

Know Your Living Situation

Try not to be the one to leave the marital home prior to the divorce.  Obviously, if any kind of abuse or danger exists, then you should leave immediately with your children and notify the police. However, barring those circumstances, leaving a marital home can be damaging to your case if you would like to keep the home after the divorce.

Make Important Purchases

You are not allowed to drain marriage assets before a divorce purposefully. However, there may be some sort of legitimate purchase you need to make before the divorce process begins. Courts can put a temporary hold on assets during a divorce, so if you need to make an important purchase, then before the divorce is the time to do it. Again, this must never be an attempt to frivolously drain marital assets.

Create Your Support Network 

You may need a lot of emotional support as you go through the process of a divorce. Never post any comments on social media, as these can be used against you. Instead, having a strong emotionally connected network of friends and family will serve you better during this process. Consider visiting with a therapist or church leader. Feeling emotionally secure and stable will help not only you, but your children, and also help you make the best decisions moving forward.

Contact an Experienced Divorce Attorney

Contacting an experienced divorce attorney before you ask for a divorce, or file for divorce, can help you understand your legal rights, and what course of action you should take in your specific circumstance.  Call a Fort Lauderdale divorce attorney at the office of Joyce A. Julian, P.A. today at 954-467-6656 or visit us online to schedule a free consultation.

 

Resource:

apa.org/topics/divorce/

https://www.joycejulian.com/communicating-as-co-parents-after-divorce/

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