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How Soon Should You Begin Planning For Divorce?

Many people believe that the divorce process begins when one spouse files for divorce. That is not necessarily true. There is so much involved in the divorce process that it can be beneficial to begin planning well before the filing of the original petition for divorce. In fact, careful planning and taking proactive steps ahead of filing can make the process smoother and increase the chances of a positive outcome.

When To Begin Divorce Planning

If you have decided divorce is right for you, you can and should begin planning. One of the first and most valuable steps you can take is to discuss the matter with an experienced family law attorney. An attorney can review your situation, give you specific guidance about what you can plan ahead of filing and help you determine when you should file.

Maybe you are not certain that you want to go through with a divorce. You may still want to discuss the matter with an attorney now. While you can certainly read about what is involved in the divorce process in general, every case is different.

An attorney can review your situation and give you specific feedback about what a divorce would look like for you. Even if you are not 100 percent sure you want to get a divorce, an attorney can talk to you about tips and strategies to set yourself up for success if you do decide to move forward.

What Is Involved In Divorce Planning?

You may wonder what kind of things you can plan ahead of time before filing for divorce. There is quite a bit that can go into divorce planning. First and foremost, this is a good time to carefully assess what you want in terms of property division, child custody and more, and to decide what you want your future to look like.

Beyond that important step, you can start gathering relevant financial documentation, including a list of all accounts and their balances. You can begin cataloging the assets that will need to be divided, as well as those that may be your separate property. You can strengthen your relationship with your child, as the current parent and child dynamics will play a role in how child conservatorship, possession and access are arranged.

You can discuss all of this confidentially with a lawyer, who will be able to answer your questions and give you the guidance you need to make the decision that is right for you and to plan accordingly if you choose to go through with a divorce. 

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