As common as divorce is, you might think that it is a straightforward and smooth process that requires little serious preparation. Many people go into their divorce without adequately preparing, and they often find it very difficult to get through. The truth is that divorce doesn’t have to be as traumatic as it too often is, and, with a little forward thinking, you can make your transition out of divorce a relatively smooth one.
At the Law Offices of Stuart R. Shafer, P.C., we have more than 38 years of experience serving clients from the Lansing area. Based on that experience, we’ve compiled three quick tips to help you prepare for your divorce. To discuss your specific situation during a consultation, Call Us At 517-487-6603 Today!
1. Protect Yourself, But Don’t Go Overboard
One of the most challenging parts of a divorce is the separation of assets. When it becomes clear that you and your spouse are headed for a divorce, take some time to document your possessions. Be as detailed as you can. The Huffington Post advises that you should make photocopies of your financial records to protect yourself.
Making sure that both sides are honest is the best way to keep your divorce running smoothly, which is why you should take steps to protect yourself, but you should never try to hide any of your assets. Assets you’ve attempted to conceal rarely remain hidden during trial, and they could end up hurting you in the long run.
2. Start Making A Plan For Your Post-Divorce Life
In the midst of divorce, it can be difficult to plan for your future. Financial and child custody matters seem more pressing, and you may feel as though you won’t know what to do next until the divorce is finalized. It is important, however, to start to think about what changes you’ll need to make after your divorce.
Will you need to reenter the work force? Will you be moving to a new location or staying put? How will the change in your finances affect your lifestyle? Updating your resume or deciding where you want to move sooner can help you transition smoothly once the divorce is final.
3. Hire An Attorney
There is no way to completely prepare for every aspect of your divorce without earning a law degree. The laws that govern divorce and child custody can be confusing and difficult to navigate on your own. Hiring an experienced family lawyer will allow you to relax and trust that your interests are being fought for in court.
At the Law Offices of Stuart R. Shafer, P.C., we will do everything in our power to represent your interests and make sure that you are able to move into post-divorce life with confidence. To schedule a consultation, Call Us At 517-487-6603 Today!