5 Steps to Prepare for Divorce
By Jonathan Fogel
- Protect Your Children
Think of your children first. Schedule meetings to discuss the divorce with your spouse outside of the household and seek a family therapist to help the children through the process.
- Organize Your Financials
Make copies of past tax statements, bank statements, etc. and keep that file outside the house. Sever joint bank accounts and don’t overspend!
- Organize Non-Monetary Assets
This means taking an inventory of family heirlooms that have been handed down. Look for that wedding gift list!
- Educate Yourself
Find an attorney who specializes in family law and preferably has a network of individuals to get you and your family through this process including therapists, accountants, insurance agents, etc.
- Take Care of Yourself
This is an extremely stressful time for all involved and it is important to find a support network you can trust to lean on throughout the process.
In addition to his successful practice, he has authored a book Preparing for Divorce While Happily Married; Tips from a Divorce Lawyer.
Note: The information here is not meant to be a substitute for legal advice, please consult with trusted legal counsel.