Divorce can be confusing, so you must understand what to expect from it before you pursue one. There are rules as to when you can file a divorce and the process itself can get expensive. Because of this, you must be sure you truly want to pursue divorce before you make your final decision. Before you consider getting a divorce, the decision makes you feel comfortable. Here are some things you should do before you decide to dissolve your marriage.
Consult a Marriage Counselor
You might believe that your marriage will have to end. However, marriage counseling may help you discover what caused your marriage to break down, how to cope with it, and how to get up and move on. You can see a counselor without your spouse.
See a Lawyer
Seeing a lawyer even before you decide to file for divorce will let you get important legal information that can help you decide whether a divorce is right for you. There are several things to learn about divorce. Divorce laws are complex and even a simple situation can become confusing to someone in distress. The actions you may take now will impact your divorce’s outcome and you must know what your options are in advance. Make sure to look for a lawyer who is well informed about the complexities associated with navigating divorce laws. An experienced attorney can make it clear to you what to expect when you decide to file for divorce.
Stay in the Family Home
Staying in the marital home will help you avoid paying alimony or ensure you collect alimony when your divorce is finalized. Moving out may make it hard for you to return until your marital assets are legally divided, which can take at least one year. Talk with a lawyer first before you decide to move out unless you have a violent spouse.
Protect Your Assets
Take possession of some assets during separation, particularly those you want to use like furniture and vehicles. Also, these include assets that your spouse might liquidate, including cash, bearer bonds, and precious gems and stones.
In addition, consider getting an injunction that restrains your spouse from transferring or disposing of property the restraining order covers. Also, your lawyer can use an injunction for getting your separate property given back to you if your spouse has it and does not want to return it to you.