How to Prepare Yourself for a Divorce

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Divorce is never a pleasant thing. However, if you see it as light at the end of a very long tunnel, then it may be the right decision for you.  In some cases, divorce is amicable, and both parties are willing to go through the process in a civilized manner. In Boulder, Colorado, divorce attorneys deal with all kinds cases, some more complicated than others. However, when it comes to preparing yourself for a divorce, here are a few things to remember:

Consult a Good Divorce Lawyer

Before you do anything or even mention the idea of divorce to your spouse, consult a lawyer first. Divorce cases that don’t require litigation get done faster and cost less than when there is litigation involved. If the latter is a scenario that applies to you, you have to make sure that the counsel you’ve hired is willing and capable of presenting your case to a judge. Make sure your lawyer knows how to negotiate a settlement and is also willing to take your case to court if the need arises.

Assess Your Financial Standing

Divorce means you will no longer be able to share your spouse’s income. If he or she is earning more than you are, or if you are financially dependent, you’ll have to take a long hard look at your bankbook and decide if this is the right move for you. It may be a better idea to wait for a couple of months or get a job first before you file for divorce.

On the other hand, if you’re the breadwinner, you must take into consideration that you will be asked to pay alimony and child support. Not to mention that half of your assets and money will go to your ex. This is something you and your lawyer should discuss at length when you come in for a consultation.

Before filing for divorce, you must also consider where you will be staying and if this will require uprooting or moving your children somewhere else. Things are more complicated when children are involved, but there’s nothing careful planning and a lot of serious thought cannot resolve.