5 Things to Do Before You Ask for a Divorce in California
At the Land Legal Group, our divorce attorneys in Los Angeles know how difficult it is to even consider ending your marriage. Whether the conversation stems from a major disruption like infidelity or a million little things you simply cannot live with anymore, divorce is upsetting for everyone involved.
Before you make the final decision to start the divorce proceedings, consider the following steps to potentially make the process smoother and possibly less adversarial.
First Things First: Be Sure This is What You Want
Marriage is hard.
If you are upset by things that are happening in your relationship, consider talking with a marriage counselor or another professional who may be able to help you both communicate better and move forward as a couple.
If you have done everything you can to save your marriage, the decision to divorce — while still difficult — may be a little easier to absorb.
Outline Your Finances
If you are considering divorce, now is the time to take a solid look and inventory of your finances.
Outline all your assets and debts, including bank accounts, mortgages, credit cards, property, retirement and pension accounts.
If you have separate bank accounts, consider changing your passwords to safeguard your assets.
This will give you a clear look at what you own together and separately, which may help you make informed decisions about the overall divorce process.
Determine Where You are Going to Live
Whether you move out now or wait until you are officially divorced, you are going to need somewhere to live that is not the marital home (unless you can afford to keep it on your own). Outlining your finances will help you determine what you can afford now, or what makes more sense once the divorce is finalized.
Outline Your Custody Goals If You Share Minor Children with Your Spouse
In California, our family courts always favor the support of both parents, with shared custody and time, so it is important to outline your custody goals with your attorney, so they can build your case accordingly.
Meet with an Experienced Los Angeles Divorce Attorney
If you are pursuing divorce and have questions about how the process will unfold, contact our skilled family law attorneys in Los Angeles County at the Land Legal Group today at (310) 552-3500 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your unique needs.