- by Mary Stearns-Montgomery
- in Divorce
Divorce is never easy for anyone to go through, but being prepared can help take some of the stress away. Here are a few things that you can do to help prepare for the divorce process.
- Alternative options to court: Whenever possible you should try to settle your divorce through alternative methods such as mediation or collaborative divorce instead of battling it out in court. Going to court is more expensive and your fate is in the hands of the judge and the judge alone.
- Know what you have: When it comes time to divide up assets the process will be much easier if you already have a record of what is yours and what you would like to keep. It is important to keep any documentation that might pertain to these assets as well.
- Know your priorities: Going through a divorce can sometimes cause a person to make irrational decisions based on emotions. It is important to identify beforehand what you want to get out of the divorce and what is most important to you throughout the process.
- Know your financial state: Getting your bank accounts in order along with all retirement plans, pensions, benefits, debts, stock, etc. will help to make the process go smoother. If you know where you and your spouse stand financially you can better be prepared to negotiate and come out with a settlement you are happy with.
Divorce can be a complicated process and it is important to consult an experienced Atlanta family law attorney to help you along the way.