Starting the divorce process is hard for everyone involved. However, you can make it easier on yourself and family if you go into it with a plan. Being prepared can help you make the right decisions, and make this difficult time easier.
Tell Your Kids
If you have children, this can be the toughest part of the process. You and your partner should discuss the best time to tell your children and highlight that no matter what happens, you’ll both still be there to love and care for them. The best thing you can do for your kids is to be open with them and answer any questions they have honestly. This will show them that even though you and your partner won’t be together anymore, you can still respect one another.
Outline Your Terms in a Separation Agreement
One of the best decisions you can make is to settle on a separation agreement between you and your partner. Most times this agreement can be done easily, and other times it may take considerable time and energy to figure out the best terms of the agreement. Either way, this will be the best option because it eliminates the need for lawyers to argue and a judge to make a final decision. For a majority of people, there is usually a separation agreement already in place before the divorce process even starts. If you’ve already agreed to certain terms with your partner, such as child support or how to divide your assets, you can contact a lawyer to draft an agreement.
There are many aspects to getting a divorce, but one thing that will help is doing your research and knowing what type of documents you might need on-hand. In California, you’ll need copies of certain documents such as W-2 forms and tax returns, bank investments and statements, titles for all vehicles, insurance information, and even utility bills. You should also have you and your spouse’s social security and driver’s license numbers.
If you and your partner are no longer happy in your marriage and are considering divorce, DiMaria & Cone are family law attorneys that can help you with your specific needs. We’re here to help you understand your rights, and can make the divorce process easier for everyone involved. Contact us today at 650-321-4460 to schedule your free half-hour consultation.