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5 things you should know before you file for divorce

02 May 2014, 15:05

Getting a divorce can be a very difficult time in anyone's life. If you are considering filing for divorce, there are things you should know.

1. You May Want to File Before Your Spouse

Being the one to file for divorce can have a number of benefits, so it is worth considering this before you make your decision.

Importantly, it allows you to assemble a divorce team with time on your side, making sure you get the best people you can. You will also be able to get all of your documentation in place, including legal and financial documents, which can take a long time.

It may also reduce the risk of your partner hiding any of their assets, which unfortunately can and does happen.

2. You May Not Need to Go to Court

You may assume that your divorce will end up in court, but this is not necessarily the case. In fact, many couples prefer alternative options such as mediation and collaborative divorce.

If you are worried about going to court, it may be worth your while researching these other options to decide if one of these is a more appropriate solution.

3. You Will Need Support

Divorce can be a very stressful and upsetting time, and you will almost certainly need support throughout the process. This can come from friends and family, but it can also come from a therapist.

A good therapist can help you to get through the process, and it is worth finding out about this before you experience any of the stress and other emotions that can be upsetting.

You will also need legal support. When you start finding out how to file for divorce, look online for legal services or get a recommendation from someone you know.

Your lawyer will help you to get a fair deal and will assist you through the whole process.

4. Divorce Can Be Expensive

One thing you should be prepared for is the potential cost of a divorce. You will not only have to pay legal fees, but also the expense of setting yourself up in a new home.

Try to prepare yourself for the fact that you will have less money to spend, and try to avoid getting into debt.

5. Divorce Can Be Confusing

The whole process of divorce can be confusing, especially as it can be such a stressful situation. That is, after all, why you will probably need to hire a lawyer to help you through the process. But one thing to remember is to make sure you stay organized.

Ask your lawyer any questions you have, and keep track of the answers. If you find that you are having trouble keeping on top of everything, ask a friend to help you.

Take Your Time and Think Things Through

You may be desperate to get your divorce out of the way, but this is no time to rush.

There are many factors to consider when you get a divorce, so now is the time to seek out legal council and plan for the whole process including what you will do when it is over.

You will have to make a lot of important decisions, so get as much information as you can and speak to your friends, family and professionals to help you plan for it.

- Women24

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