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Steps to take before filing for divorce

On Behalf of | Jan 17, 2022 | Divorce |

As long as people continue to get married, it’s inevitable that some marriages will end in divorce. Although Florida couples never anticipate the end of their marriages, there are a myriad of legitimate reasons both parties may choose to go their separate ways. If the thought of divorce has been persistent for some time, there are a few things that could be done to save money and time prior to making the final decision to formally end a marriage.

Have a grasp on the financial picture

To ensure a divorce settlement is fair, it’s crucial to have a firm understanding of where each person stands financially. It will also paint a picture of what life might be like financially as a single individual. You should gather important documents, such as:

  • Pay stubs
  • Bank account statements
  • Tax records

Protecting one’s assets

If a person is not entirely sure whether or not to file for divorce, he or she should consider having a postnuptial agreement drafted to protect certain assets. This document spells out how spouses will handle assets and finances if they decide to divorce in the future. Having this important document may create more time and space for a couple to try to resolve their problems.

The mere thought of ending a marriage can be difficult. But if spouses can settle issues on their own or with the help of independent Florida lawyers, it can often be easier and more affordable than heading to court. Ultimately, whether through negotiations or litigation, an experienced lawyer can help guide someone through the divorce process, ensuring all critical steps are taken.