Divorce Planning & Preparation FAQs: How to Get Started
The end of a marriage can be an opportunity to start a new chapter in your life. And if you know how to get ready for the divorce process, you can immediately start taking action to safeguard your interests as you move forward.
Revealing more about what you can do in the planning phase of divorce, the following provides some important answers to commonly asked questions about divorce preparations. While these answers can highlight how to start positioning yourself for favorable outcomes to divorce in Denver, you are encouraged to contact Denver Divorce Attorney Katherine Grier when you are ready for specific information related to you and your situation.
Q – What legal issues do I need to plan for in my divorce?
A – It depends on your circumstances and, more specifically, whether the following apply to you, your spouse and your marriage:
• There is marital property (assets and/or debts) that will need to be divided in the divorce.
• There is a prenuptial or post-nuptial agreement that may be of questionable validity.
• Spousal support may be a point of dispute in the upcoming divorce.
• You and your spouse share children, meaning that custody and support payment issues (and possibly paternity issues) will also be part of the divorce process.
Q – Should I move out of the marital home when I know that a divorce is coming?
A – If your safety (and/or the safety of your children) is any danger, then yes, moving out of the marital home as soon as you can will be important.
If, however, there’s no threat to your (or your children’s) safety, you may want to wait on making any moves out of the marital home because it could:
• Limit your access to important paperwork (e.g., financial documents) that you’ll need when it’s time to meet with a lawyer and/or file for divorce
• Affect your interests in a custody dispute, as it could later be argued (by your ex’s lawyer) that moving out of the home shows that you aren’t serious about maintaining a close relationship with your children.
Q – How can I protect my financial interests in a future divorce case?
A – Here are the top 5 tips for safeguarding your financial interests as you prepare for a divorce case:
1. Open up bank accounts and lines of credit that are in your name only.
2. Close your joint accounts as soon as you can.
3. Compile (and make copies of) all of the documents related to your marital property (such as mortgage documents, vehicle titles, bank statements, tax returns, retirement account statements, etc.).
4. Inventory your personal property (in case an ex tries to hide it or have it included as part of the marital property).
5. Make it a habit to closely review your credit report.
Of course, there may be other things that you can do to protect your financial interests in a future divorce, depending on your circumstances and goals. An attorney can take a close look at your situation and provide you with clear advice regarding this aspect of divorce planning.
Q – What precautions should I take if domestic violence is an issue in my marriage?
A – In addition to moving out of the home, you may also want to consider:
• Setting up a P.O. Box so you have a secure, discreet place where you receive correspondence from a divorce lawyer
• Filing for a temporary (and possibly permanent) restraining order.1
Get More Answers about Planning for Divorce: Contact a Denver Divorce Attorney Katherine Grier
When you need experienced representation in divorce, contact Denver Divorce Attorney Katherine Grier. Known for providing compassionate and caring service in times of crisis, Ms. Grier is here for you, ready to listen to your concerns, inform you of your options and aggressively advocate your rights as you proceed.
Contact our firm today by calling (303) 539-5435 or by sending us an email via the contact form on this page. We are ready to help you resolve your important family legal issues as favorably and efficiently as possible.