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4 Things to Do Before You Start Your Divorce

If you are ready to initiate a divorce, or are still considering one, getting started can seem like a difficult and daunting task. With so much to unravel and so many new terms, rules, and laws to learn, ensuring you get started on the right path can make the difference when it comes to your ability to navigate the journey ahead, and the resolutions you reach in your case.

As divorce attorneys who serve clients throughout New Jersey and New York, our team at Moskowitz Law Group, LLC knows the importance of preparation when getting ready for a divorce. That’s why we encourage clients to come to us for personalized assessments of their situations, rights, and options, and discussions as to how they can help themselves protect their interests as the process unfolds.

Below, we’ve compiles a short list of some important steps to take before you start a divorce case:

  • Learn the Lingo and the Law – In a previous blog post, we discussed six divorce terms worth knowing when starting the divorce process. Learning these essential terms (including “community” and “separate” property, alimony, contested divorce, and others) will go a long way in helping you understand the common issues involved in divorce proceedings and key concepts about the rules and procedures involved in these cases. Educating yourself and learning the lingo is a very important first step to take, and one you can do on your own through numerous available resources. Still, it’s important to remember that divorce is a state-specific and case-specific endeavor, which means you’ll want to be careful of the information you find and what may actually be the case in your particular situation. That’s why working with an attorney who can give you the facts, answer your questions, and discuss matters as they personally relate to your case is as equally important as educating yourself.
  • Have Kids? Focus on the Children – Divorce is a difficult legal and personal experience, and it can affect more than the two spouses involved. If you have minor children and are considering divorce, remember the importance of focusing on your kids during these times of change. Speaking openly with your children about divorce and new arrangements ahead can help them better navigate the process with some sense of understanding and stability. It’s also important to not lose focus on the kids in favor of any battles or disputes you may have with a soon-to-be former spouse. In New Jersey, and any other state for that matter, family courts always make children and their best interests a priority when issuing decisions over things like custody and visitation.
  • Gather Needed Documents – Divorces require full and honest assessments, not only on a personal and emotional level, but also on practical matters like property, assets, and debts. While it can seem daunting, gathering needed documents and information can be immensely important as you prepare for the process ahead. It will also be vital to helping you gain an understanding of the issues that need to be addressed – do you and a spouse have retirement accounts? Are there complex assets like businesses or stocks involved? – and can help your attorney as you work toward protecting your assets and your fair share.
  • Be Aware of Your Actions – The time before a divorce can be some of the most tumultuous times in a marriage, not to mention a period when emotions may be running high. As you prepare for divorce, remember that while the process can be challenging, your focus should be on issues that value most, such as your children, your well-being, and practical ways you can help your attorney protect your rights and interests when pursuing positive resolutions. Losing track of the big picture has caused many people to do, say, or write things that can be used against them when it comes to issues of credibility, custody and parental fitness, hidden assets and property division, or even allegations of neglect or domestic violence.

Preparing for divorce is an important part of the process, but it is also different for everyone. As you get ready for your case, enlisting the support of experienced attorneys is one of the most effective ways to ensure you’re taking the right steps to protect your rights. At Moskowitz Law Group, LLC, our legal team knows preparation is key, and places an emphasis on guiding clients step-by-step through their divorce proceedings. Speak with a member of our team 24/7 when you contact us for a free case evaluation.