By Mike Stetzer
Many people going through a difficult time in their lives wonder this question. To know the answer to this question, you will have to consider factors such as: Am I legally married? Do I meet my state's requirements to file for divorce?
It is almost never easy to decide to divorce. You have built ties with a
person, and felt enough of a bond with them at one point to believe
that your relationship will last forever and taken a major commitment to
marry him or her. But occasionally, the relationship changes and what
is best for each person is to move on. It can be a difficult decision to make, but if it is the right decision to improve your life, and the lives of your children, then you can start the process.
If you do determine that your relationship is over, then divorce may be the next logical choice for both of you. Divorce may give you both a chance to start over, fresh, and may even give you the freedom to find the person who can make you happiest - which might be yourself.
Once you have chosen to move forward with the divorce, there are several preliminary steps to keep in mind. When a divorce is on the horizon, often what you do before the divorce starts can have a substantial impact on how the divorce works out for you.
1. Consult an Attorney
Probably easy to figure out, but potentially invaluable in the long run. An attorney can help you make sure that the steps you are taking are the right ones during the divorce process, including meeting deadlines and filing necessary paperwork.
2. Copy Documents
If you don't make the copies when you have access, then it can become much more difficult to find what's important after the divorce gets underway. An attorney can help you figure out which documents are most important and what you should copy.
3. Inventory Household and Family Possessions
This will be important particularly if you move out or your spouse takes possessions with him or her as they move out. A proper inventory can help a judge rule on who owns certain possessions.
4. Find Out Exactly What Your Spouse Earns
You might think you know what your spouse makes, but if you can find out for sure, then you can have a better idea of how much you may receive, or have to pay, in spousal support.
This is by no means an exhaustive list of what to keep in mind with an impending divorce, but they can be very important tasks that can impact your case. Of course, you can talk to a family law attorney about what you should do in your particular case and how your state's laws apply.
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