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Things to Consider Before Filing for Divorce in Uncertain Times

Filing for divorce is a decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly, especially in times like we are experiencing with a possible recession, stock market fluctuations, and a world-wide health scare. Is it the right time for you to file divorce paperwork?

Even when day-to-day life seems normal, divorce can be a complicated process - which is why it is smart to consult with an experienced family attorney before moving forward. A divorce attorney can help you explore available options to protect your interests and financial assets:

1. Document Preparation: Divorce is more than moving into separate households. As the marriage is dissolved, you also need to work through assets, debts, and other life details. The best thing you can do to expedite the process is to pull together relevant documents such as birth certificates, marriage licenses, tax statements, income details, property deeds, bank accounts, retirement funds, and investments. Your divorce attorney will request this information to determine how to move forward with dividing assets and settling potential disputes.

2. Divorce vs Legal Separation: If you are holding onto the hope of reconciliation in the future, then it might make sense to legally separate before filing for divorce. There are other reasons why legal separation might be preferred, such as maintaining the option to remain on your spouse’s medical insurance plan.

3. Financial Preparation: It’s no surprise that divorce can be expensive. Not only are you facing the cost of shifting one household into two households, but you also need to be prepared to pay legal costs. The overall expenses will vary depending on whether you have complex issues to work through or a highly contentious situation.

4. Choosing an Attorney: Since finances and child custody are addressed in a divorce, it is critical that you choose an attorney with plenty of experience in family law. Hiring the right attorney gives you the peace of mind to know that your interests will be protected through this process. It is important that you have someone on your side who understands local laws and offers guidance regarding the right approach to settle things quickly and easily.

Our team at Miles & Hatcher, LLP offers years of experience in all aspects of family law, including divorce proceedings. If you are considering divorce and you need legal representation, then call us to book an appointment for a free consultation: (909) 481-4080.

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