Advice on How to Prepare for Divorce
There is a lot at stake when facing a divorce. Here are four suggestions to help you obtain a good result:
- Gather the right people to advise you. You’ll need expert guidance and assistance during the divorce process. Find an experienced family law attorney to help you understand your rights and achieve your goals. Do online research or talk to friends and colleagues who have divorced. Meet with your top choices to see which lawyer is the best fit. It also may be helpful to speak with a mental health professional about the emotional aspects of divorce.
- Collect information. It’s important to understand your overall financial situation. The first step is collecting documents, such as tax returns and bank statements. Your lawyers will advise you on the specific documents that are most essential and help you obtain them.
- Maintain your integrity. It can be tempting to try to get an “edge” by badmouthing your spouse or hiding assets. But there is a lot at stake in how you treat your spouse. Consider what you want your children to remember about how their parents behaved during the divorce, and what you want to remember about yourself. Oftentimes, taking the high road will set the tone for how your spouse will treat you in response.
- Focus on the future. Divorce is a transition. With the right focus and assistance, it can offer the promise of being a transition to a better place – both financially and emotionally.
For more than 50 years the Family Law Group of Feldesman Tucker has been helping clients secure their futures after divorce. Widely recognized as top divorce lawyers in the D.C. area, our attorneys have been repeatedly honored by Washingtonian Magazine, Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers.