If you are reading this, you have probably reached that point in your marriage where divorce is on the horizon. You are not alone. According to the latest available statistics from the US Census Bureau, there were 7.6 divorces for every 1,000 women aged 15 years and older in 2019. If divorce is the direction you are headed, here are a few things that you need to do as you embark on this process. To address specific concerns, reach out to a Sugar Land divorce lawyer today.
1. Make Sure Divorce is What You Want
Filing for divorce is, of course, a personal and emotionally challenging decision, but it is also a permanent one. Before you embark on this process, it is important that you carefully consider your options to make sure this is what you want to do. Once you have reached the decision to proceed with a divorce, then you should take time and carefully plan the way forward.
2. Gather and Organize Your Documents
Collecting and organizing your documents and information will go far in preparing you for a divorce, as you can present such information to your attorney at your first appointment. This can help get a better idea of what your case might entail right from the start. You should gather every document you deem to be important and related to your marriage, such as copies of your past tax returns, bank statements, credit card statements, and basically every other financial statement and document you can find.
3. Pay Attention to Children
What you do during this difficult time will be reflected in how your children react. If you come across as confident and that everything will be alright, they will have a better chance of feeling the same. Think about how to divide parenting time with your soon-to-be-ex-spouse and how you will co-parent in a healthy manner if possible.
4. Be Financially Prepared
Divorce can change your entire financial picture, and you should prepare for this. Will you be separating during the divorce? If so, your household will suddenly have twice the housing costs. Do you rely on your spouse for financial support? If so, you need to have a plan for your post-divorce finances, which can include requesting spousal support. Discuss your situation with your divorce attorney.
5. Surround Yourself with Family and Friends
You can never go wrong in surrounding yourself with loved ones and friends during this difficult time. Divorce can cause stress and grief, and this can be difficult to deal with on top of the legal and financial concerns. Make sure you have a support system in place that can help you emotionally during this process.
Call a Sugar Land Divorce Lawyer Today
If you have reached the end of your marriage and need to file for divorce, you need an experienced Sugar Land divorce lawyer by your side. Contact the law office of Jamie Jordan, PLLC, today for a consultation. We can assess your divorce options and advise you more on what to do in preparation of your case.