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How to prepare for divorce before you file

| Apr 1, 2021 | Divorce

When you’re ready to file for divorce in Pennsylvania, there are a few steps to take to ensure you’re prepared for the process and transition. Gather your personal information, which includes your past marriage and divorce certificates, a record of when you attended marriage counseling with your spouse, names of witnesses who signed the marriage certificate, restraining orders, birth certificates of your children.

You’ll also need to update your insurance, as well as your will and powers of attorney. Get your finances in order by organizing your financial documents and separating your finances.

Mistakes to avoid when filing for divorce

When you’re going through a divorce, mistakes to avoid making include being emotionally attached to your assets. Don’t forget to account for your taxes, as well as alimony payments. You may also want to create a budget and increase your salary as you prepare to become financially independent.

You also want to avoid lying in court or hiding your marital assets after filing for divorce, which can lead to significant fines and penalties. Never speak negatively about your spouse to your children and remain flexible when it comes to negotiating alimony, child support, and the division of your assets and property to make it a smoother process.

Who can you contact for legal assistance?

If you want to file for divorce, reach out to a divorce attorney who can inform you of your rights and has the necessary experience to help you navigate the process. An attorney can also offer mediation services to help you settle outside of court to make it a more informal process that allows you to have control over the decisions that are made. You can also contact an attorney to handle issues that include spousal support.