Submitted by: Cathy Meyer
Thinking about divorce but haven’t made up your mind one way or another? If so this is the time to start preparing yourself for a divorce. Don’t wait until you have decided to divorce to take care of what needs taken care of if you should divorce. When going through a divorce it stays to be one step ahead of even yourself.
Below is a list of things you need to do NOW if you are considering divorce.
Make a divorce checklist
The divorce checklist should contain all the details such as credit card accounts, stocks, bonds and automobiles which you would like to discuss with your husband. Copies of bank statements, investment account statements. Copies of anything that is proof of any marital asset that will be divided should you decide to divorce. Divorce is an important decision, where one should prevent any sort of unpleasant surprises.
Gather important documents
The outcome of your divorce will depend on the presence of important documents. You should have all the vital documents in hand, since even your husband maybe planning for a divorce. It would be wise to keep the documents in a safe place, especially if your husband is sketchy in his practices. You should avoid letting anyone know the whereabouts of the documents, since they may try to destroy the evidence.
While gathering the documents it is essential that you gather all documents possible, since you might not even know which documents are necessary. Your attorney would be the most suited person who would evaluate as to which documents are required and which documents are not. Keeping the correct documents in hand, would prevent you from wasting time.
When you are thinking about divorce and you have children you would also have to think rationally about your children as well. If your children are below 18 years of age, there are higher chances that the children would be in your custody and your guidance. If your children are above 18 years of age, they would be given the right to decide as to where and with whom they would like to stay.
You must try and accumulate as much of evidence and as fast as possible if you want a positive result for your case. You can have hope that it would be a positive result when you have valid evidence. More over when you collect evidence even your attorney would be in a better state to fight the case.
While collecting evidence you must keep in mind that law sets exact and strict standards as what would be considered as evidence and the quality of evidence obtained. Your attorney would be helpful in assisting you in collecting the right sort of evidence, which can range from infidelity to even hiding assets. There would also be an appropriate time to present the evidence in court or even use it in negotiations with your husband.
When you prepare well for a divorce you can alleviate mental stress and confusion. You would have higher chances of success when you are better prepared for divorce.