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3 Legal Steps to Take Before Filing For Divorce

Unfortunately, not all marriages last until ‘death do us part.’ In fact, approximately half of marriages end in divorce these days. More than 19.2% of married couples say that they got divorced due to incompatibility and close to 10.6% say their divorce was caused by drinking or drug abuse, according to a study published in the Journal of Family Issues.

Are You Contemplating Divorce?

You shouldn’t take the decision to file for divorce lightly, and it’s certainly not an easy choice to make. But if you ultimately come to the conclusion that divorce is the right path for you, you’re not alone. That’s where divorce lawyers come in. They can offer support, legal knowledge, and above all else, a quick process. However, before you can officially file for divorce there are certain steps you must take.

Find the Right Attorney

As stated, family law issues are best handled with the assistance of an attorney. It can be tricky to find a divorce lawyer, but you should be on the lookout for a combination of experience in the field, compassion, and good communication skills. Remember, it’s important to be selective in your interview process.

Collect Important Documents

Going through a divorce consists a lot of filling out forms and gathering documents. Whether it’s contested divorce forms to fill out when you and your partner don’t agree, or giving the lawyer financial records to sift through, you can save yourself a major headache by getting all of this done before the divorce is officially filed.

Buy and Sell When Necessary

This may sound strange, but in many cases, a judge will issue an order at the start of a divorce case, prohibiting the parties from buying or selling any marital property. This is so that either spouse cannot drain a bank account or sell a house out of spite or to harm the other spouse. So if you and your spouse agree that the house should be sold, make sure to sell it before you file.

Going through a divorce can be difficult, especially when neither party can agree and contested divorce forms are required. With that being said, finding a divorce lawyer can tremendously help in any divorce case. If you need divorce help, contact us today.

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