Orange County Divorce Planning Law Firm
It has been said that those who fail to plan, plan to fail. This statement can be all too true in matters of divorce. Even if you and your spouse agree to seek amicable resolutions during divorce, it is still never a good idea to ‘wait and see’ what the process will reveal. Instead, with careful advanced planning, you can help yourself obtain the best results.
How To Plan For A Divorce In California
- Educate yourself: Do some online research to make sure you understand the requirements and grounds for filing for a divorce.
- Save money: Divorce is expensive. In addition to legal fees, you will now face running a household on one income instead of two. Create a new budget that reflects your single income and expenses. Initially, this budget should not account for any support from your spouse.
- Collect records and documentation: Pull records on you, your spouse, and your children. This includes Social Security numbers, employment records, pay stubs, financial account information, retirement and investment account information, credit reports, credit card statements, tax returns, and a list of monthly expenses. Make sure to include any important supplemental information, such as police records if domestic violence has ever been an issue.
- Start to consider your goals: Start to think about your goals in living arrangements, child custody, alimony and property division. This includes both temporary and long term. Do you want to stay in the marital homestead or will you move out and rent until the divorce is finalized? If you have children, consider if you want them to live with you or your spouse while the divorce is in process. As a note, it is best if the children remain in their current school for the time being, and under no circumstances should you move them out of state without the court’s permission.
- Be mindful of your online behavior: Do not write about your marital problems, your spouse, or your children in relation to your spouse online. Do not post photos or statements online that would cast you in a bad light. Posts to Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and even emails may be used against you in court.
- Speak with an attorney: It is important to get legal advice from a qualified lawyer. An experienced attorney can help you understand your rights and options, and can ensure you are well-positioned for the divorce process. Friends and family can be well meaning, but if they are not a legal professional, they may be providing you with misinformation.
- Additional considerations: Ensure your physical safety. If you are dealing with issues of domestic violence, consult with a lawyer immediately to discuss options in restraining orders. Keep the best interests of the children in mind. Don’t involve them in the divorce, and do not speak ill of your spouse in front of them. Seek counseling if you require emotional support during this difficult time. Divorce is difficult; being able to discuss your frustrations with a professional can help. If applicable, ensure your privacy by changing account passwords, your mailing address, personal bank account information, etc.
Newport Beach High Asset Divorce Attorneys
At Rosen & Rosen, LLP, we help clients with all aspects of the divorce process. Our skilled attorneys have more than 70 years of combined experience and have successfully resolved a wide range of family law issues for past clients.
To learn more about smart divorce planning, contact our Orange County divorce planning law firm and speak with one of our knowledgeable family law attorneys.
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