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3 things to do before you ask for a divorce


You may feel that your marriage is over for any number of reasons ranging from discovering that your spouse took out a major loan without your approval to getting text messages from a stranger claiming that they’re cheating on you. Whatever the reason is for wanting to leave your spouse, you’re now in a position where you need to prepare for your divorce.

Divorces can be costly and time-consuming events, but they don’t have to be. In fact, it is possible to prepare for the divorce in such a way that it’s much easier to handle and resolve. Here are three things you can do to make it easier on you.

  1. Get to know the kinds of divorce before you begin

Will your divorce be contested by your spouse? Will they agree to separate? You should know if they’ll be fighting you all the way to court or if they’re more reasonable, so that you can choose the right kind of divorce and make sure they respond to the petition appropriately.

  1. Gather information on your assets

The next thing to do is to gather information on your assets. Write down everything you can find or remember, so that you know how much your assets are worth and what you’d like to get out of your marriage. Print out documents and forms when possible, so that you won’t lose access if usernames or passwords change.

  1. Set aside necessary funds now

When your divorce starts, there is a potential that some of the funds could be locked or that your spouse could limit your access to a bank account. There is a risk that they might empty the bank account out completely, too. To avoid any trouble, start saving for the divorce now, so you have what you need put aside.

These are three things you can do to make your divorce easier. Get to know what kinds of divorces you’re able to choose from, gather information on all of your assets and set aside the funds you need to cover your living expenses and to pay your attorney. Preparing now will help your divorce case go much more smoothly later.

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