A divorce is a significant life event that changes the way that you and your family live. When you plan on filing for divorce, the steps you take to prepare for this process can help you define how ready you are for your life following divorce.
The average cost of a divorce can cost each spouse thousands of dollars, which can put them in a hard position following the divorce. Here are some steps you can take to improve your life after divorce before you even file for it:
Start separating your income
If your paycheck or other earned income is currently going into a joint account with both spouse’s names on it, change it. Set up a direct deposit into a personal bank account with only your name on it. Doing this can considerably help you during asset separation.
Set up a P.O. box
If you receive important documents by mail, it may be best to ensure you can receive them safely. Opening a P.O. box helps ensure no one else will see the mail that you need to receive. This can be especially helpful if you are receiving mailings from your attorney or a real estate agent.
Have a new residence set up
Getting a divorce may mean that you will need to move to a new home or just have a place to stay for a few days or weeks. Asking a friend or family member for a place to stay or signing a lease on a new home can help you have some certainty in your future and also help you answer questions about potential custody negotiations.
Consult with an attorney early
If you are even just in the stages of wondering if divorce is right for you, consult with a divorce attorney. They can help you understand the reality of how a divorce can impact you and your family. If you decide to file for divorce, they can help you consider other things you need to do to get the results you deserve in your divorce.