It started as a match made in heaven (or at least in New Jersey), but time and circumstances changed and a parting of ways may be in sight. The thought of divorce can seem overwhelming, with a host of financial, emotional and logistical issues that need addressing. Because the stakes are high, preparation is key. That means crafting a preliminary plan to protect you from potential legal losses and emotional hardships.
Start preparing two to six months before you plan to separate:
- Consult an attorney. There are many reasons to have your first consultation with a divorce lawyer even before you separate from your spouse. Depending on your financial situation, you could benefit from rearranging assets, or making different decisions when it comes to the home or other valuable property. In addition, hiring an attorney before you file for divorce will allow you to be prepared to prevent wrongful conduct from occurring.
- Collect and organize your paperwork. Make copies of all your important documents including notes, e-mails and text messages no matter how trivial you think it is.
- Open a separate bank account. Start gaining sole control of your finances and become accustomed to drafting a budget for monthly expenses.
- List property and other assets. Now’s the time to take complete inventory of your assets — separating marital property from separate property. By carefully delineating who owns what, you can better prepare for an equitable distribution.
- Consider your family debt. If possible, think about paying down family debt before divorce. Allocation of marital debt between divorcing spouses is one of the most difficult items to negotiate.
- Plan for your leave. Give some thought as to where you will live before, during and after your divorce. Think about when to start packing. Consider how your children will be affected and what will cause least disruption to their everyday schedules. If you have pets, plan for them as well.
Weiner Law Group: providing expert counsel, support and guidance during divorce
The decision to divorce is a major decision, often taking a heavy toll on the entire family. Many couples that find themselves at odds can explore other options, such as couples counseling or even a period of separation, with the hope of some kind of reconciliation. Regardless, having expert counsel, support and guidance during times of marital trouble can make all the difference.
Tanya Freeman and the divorce attorneys at Weiner Law Group are experienced litigators who are experts in New Jersey divorce law. We will guide you through each stage of the process and work to protect your interests. Weiner Law Group serves clients throughout New Jersey. Contact us to schedule an appointment or call us at 973-403-1100.