How spouses can prepare for a smoother and quicker divorce

By |2022-04-04T19:15:15+00:0009 Jul 2014|Categories: Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce, Property Division, Spousal Support|

How spouses can prepare for a smoother and quicker divorce

Many Californians are familiar with the challenges that come as a marriage is ending. Beyond the conflicts and anxieties is the need to make decisions about child custody, child support, spousal support and property division. For some spouses, this array of decisions leads them to put off divorce plans until just the right time and just the right circumstances.

Waiting for the right time to file for divorce, however, will make no difference if the spouse who is ending the marriage is not prepared for the process ahead. Given the amount of time, money and stress associated with a divorce, however, becoming prepared for the divorce is crucial.

The divorce process is a series of decisions about who gets what out of the marriage, including the custody of any minor children, spousal support and any assets, properties and debts the couple may have. To make informed decisions, a spouse should financially prepare by collecting all financial records that could be needed. Getting copies of these documents before filing for divorce also may show whether the other spouse is hiding assets.

Preparation also helps address a spouse’s finances after divorce. For this reason, a spouse should learn about the person’s credit score and how that will affect credit and finances. A spouse should also open a personal bank account before filing because opening one afterward is often more difficult.

Finally, having a divorce legal team can make the legal process run more smoothly. Most attorneys can address issues such as child custody, property division and child support. The best legal professionals, however, are also familiar with the emotional aspects of divorce and are thus better prepared to find the best outcome for the divorcing spouse.

Source: Forbes, “(Soon-to-be) Divorcing Women: What Are You Waiting For? Here’s How To Prepare To File,” Jeff Landers, June 26, 2014

About the Author:

Dorie Anne Rogers - The Law Offices of Dorie A. Rogers, APC
Dorie A. Rogers, a Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California, has been an attorney since 1981 with an exclusive family law practice located in Orange County. She is accepting dissolution cases with support and property issues including the use of forensics to ascertain business value, community interests and to establish monthly case flow analysis. Ms. Rogers has substantial experience in high conflict custody litigation involving sophisticated psychological issues. She drafts premarital and postmarital agreement designed to define and establish parties' separate and community property interests. Paternity cases and domestic violence matters are considered part of her practice. Ms. Rogers is a court-approved and court-appointed to represent minor children.Ms. Rogers consults with individuals concerned about entering or exiting a relationship. She advises effective strategies for dissolution or premarital planning. Knowledge is power and good planning affords better results.Specialties: Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California
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