How to Prepare for Divorce
Divorce is different for every couple. For some, it is a straightforward process necessary to move on to the next chapter in life. For others, it is an emotionally devastating occurrence that will take years to recover from. In either case, there are a few things every divorcing couple should know to prepare for this life change. I am Fort Worth, Texas, attorney Daniel Bacalis, and I have been helping clients in difficult family law matters for over 30 years.
Preparing for Divorce: Things to Consider
Your divorce proceedings will vary depending on a number of factors, but there are a few things anyone can do to prepare:
- Gather documentation – Divorce is a legal process that requires a lot of paperwork. Gather financial statements, bank records and other applicable paperwork to expedite the process.
- Separate your finances – As soon as you decide to file for divorce, try to organize your finances and separate yourself financially from your spouse.
- Determine a visitation schedule – If you have children, attempt to work out a temporary custody and visitation schedule with your spouse. Consider working with an attorney early in the process for advice and guidance in these issues.
Preparing for Child Custody Proceedings
If your divorce will require child custody determinations, you may want to start recording case-relevant information now. Start a journal and keep records of any missed pickup times, missed visitations, or other parenting errors. This helps organize facts and makes you a more convincing witness.
When Should I File for Divorce?
There is no definitive answer to this question. The answer is different for each couple. However, it is important to be emotionally prepared for divorce and work with an attorney who is compassionate and understanding in this difficult time.
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I am attorney Daniel Bacalis, and I encourage you to contact a lawyer to talk about your upcoming divorce. Please call 817-576-1023. In a free consultation, I can answer your divorce-related questions and help you determine if now is the time to begin the divorce process.