Divorce is a challenging and emotional process that can be made easier by taking some simple steps to prepare for it. Here are ten things to do (or avoid doing) when considering divorce, prepared by the divorce lawyers at Vermeulen Attorneys.
DO seek legal advice early on.
Consulting with an experienced divorce lawyer as soon as possible can help you understand your legal rights and obligations, and guide you through the process of divorce. Consulting with an attorney can help you to understand your rights and obligations early on, which will allow you to align your expectations and approach to the process.
DO gather all financial information.
Make sure you have all financial information available, including bank statements, tax returns, investment portfolios, and property title deeds. This information will be important in determining the division of assets and liabilities during the divorce.
DO prepare emotionally.
Divorce can be a challenging and emotional process. It’s important to prepare yourself for the emotional toll that it may take, and to seek out support and counselling as needed.
DO consider your children.
If you have children, it is important to consider their needs and wellbeing throughout the divorce process. Divorces are immensely taxing to children, and parents have the responsibility to soften the blow of the divorce as far as possible. Working with a lawyer who understands family law can help to ensure that your children’s needs are taken into account.
DO consider alternative dispute resolution.
Alternative dispute resolution methods, such as mediation or collaborative law, can often be a more efficient and cost-effective way to resolve disputes during divorce. These processes are usually less conflict-laden, and should receive serious consideration especially from parents of small children.
DO be respectful and civil.
Keeping communication respectful and civil can help to reduce conflict during the divorce process. This can also help to minimize the emotional impact on you and your children.
AVOID making hasty decisions.
Making hasty decisions during the divorce process can have long-term consequences. Take the time to consider all options and consult with a lawyer before making any major decisions, especially signing a settlement agreement.
AVOID social media.
Social media can be a breeding ground for conflict during divorce. Avoid posting anything that could be used against you during the divorce process or could inflame conflict between you and your ex, and consider taking a break from social media altogether.
AVOID hiding assets.
Hiding assets during divorce is illegal and can have serious consequences. Be honest and upfront about all assets and income, and work with your lawyer to ensure that assets are divided fairly.
AVOID going it alone.
Divorce can be a complex and challenging process. Working with an experienced divorce lawyer can help ensure that your legal rights are protected and that the process goes as smoothly as possible.
Taking these ten steps can help ensure that you are prepared and that your legal rights are protected. To discuss your situation with one of the attorneys at Vermeulen Attorneys, please set up a consultation today.