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What to Prepare for Divorce in the New Year

Getting Ahead of a Challenging Process

The new year is a time for new beginnings. It's a time when many people set resolutions and make changes in their lives. If you're considering divorce, the new year is the perfect time to prepare for it. You can do certain things in advance to make the process easier on yourself emotionally and legally. This blog will discuss what you need to do to prepare for your divorce in the new year.

What Paperwork You Will Need

One of the most important things you can do when preparing for a new year's divorce is to ensure you have all the paperwork you need. This includes financial documents, such as bank statements, tax returns, and documents related to your property and children. Make sure you have copies of these documents and know where to find them.

In addition, you can begin researching and preparing essential divorce paperwork. This includes the divorce petition, financial affidavit, and parenting plan. You may also need to prepare a domestic violence restraining order or child custody affidavit. Contact an attorney to find out what specific documents you need for your divorce case.

Building a Support Circle

One of the best things you can do when preparing for a new year's divorce is to build a support circle. This should include close friends or family members who you can rely on for emotional support during this difficult time. These people can provide a listening ear, a shoulder to cry on, and practical help when needed.

In addition, it can be helpful to join a support group for divorced people. These groups offer a sense of community and can provide valuable information and advice. You can find these groups online or in your local community.

Preparing Your Budget for Divorce

Another vital thing to do when preparing for a new year's divorce is to set your budget. This means taking a close look at your income and expenses and making adjustments as necessary. You may need to cut back on some expenses, such as travel or dining out, in order to save money for the divorce process.

Telling Your Spouse Your Intent

One of the most challenging things about getting divorced is telling your spouse your intent to do so. However, it's important to do this as soon as possible. This will allow your spouse time to prepare for the divorce and to begin working on their own legal representation.

Informing Your Children

It would be best if you also told your children about your plans to divorce as soon as possible. This will allow them time to adjust to the idea and to ask any questions they may have. It's important to be honest with them and to answer their questions honestly and openly.

Consulting with an Attorney

It's important to consult with an attorney when preparing for a new year's divorce. An attorney can help you understand your legal rights and obligations and can guide you through the process. They can also answer any questions you may have about the divorce process.

It would help if you began meeting with attorneys as soon as possible, as the process of divorcing often takes several months. It's important to choose an attorney who is suitable for you and who understands your specific situation.

At Friedman & Mirman Co., L.P.A., we understand how big of a decision divorce is and know how overwhelmed you may feel about the process you are beginning. We are committed to meeting you where you are and navigating the journey together to get you where you need to be.

Learn more about how we can help with all facets of divorce in Ohio or schedule a consultation by calling (614) 412-3943 or visiting our website.