Divorce is one of the most stressful experiences you can have, but it is important to stay strong and focused, as there are many things that need to be done in order to achieve a successful separation from your spouse. Here are five steps to take when you are considering divorce:
Understand Your Finances
Divorce exposes all of your finances, so you need to know and understand your assets and debts, as well as the incomes of both you and your spouse.
Establish Your Own Credit
Credit is essential to buying big ticket items such as a car or house. If all of your credit is joint credit or in your spouse’s name, now is the time to start establishing your own credit so you can build a life after divorce.
Locate Important Papers and Passwords
If you don’t already know where they are, now is the time to locate important papers such as birth certificates, social security cards, insurance policies, and bank information. To protect your privacy during and after divorce, know your joint passwords and change passwords on your personal accounts.
Stay on Your Best Behavior
When preparing for a divorce, it is best to be calm and reasonable in your behavior. Especially in cases where child custody is at issue, your life may be put under a microscope—including those nights you stayed out late or came home to your children after having a few too many. Following a divorce, spend time with your friends and family, and take care of yourself physically and mentally.
Consult an Attorney
Many divorces can become complicated, especially if you have children or substantial assets. An attorney who focuses on divorce and child custody cases will be able to provide you with an objective perspective and he or she will fight for your rights.
Not all divorce attorneys are created equal. At Moreno Family Law in San Jose, we practice family law and focus on protecting our clients’ rights. If you are looking for an experienced San Jose divorce attorney, call us at (408) 266-9011.
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