Preparing for divorce or another family law case involves taking several important steps. People often call our office and say that they are thinking about getting a divorce, and they ask questions about what they should do prepare. Well, divorce is only one of the many family law actions that are usually involved with the ending of a marriage. There are usually issues related to Child Custody, Child Support, Equitable Distribution, Alimony, Post Separation Support and a wide variety of other concerns.
These are not things that should be done on a whim, and although it is a very emotional and stressful time, it is important that it is approached with some logic and planning. In this blog, we will talk a little bit about some of the thoughts, concerns, and actions involved in preparing for a family law case. Like all of our blogs, this is intended for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for the advice and counsel of a family law attorney.
First, consult a family law attorney
Speak to a family law attorney and arrange to have a consultation. A family law consultation will give you valuable advice that will help the process go as smoothly as possible. A family law attorney can also give you some advice on how to proceed next as well as explain some important legal requirements.
Some of the helpful things you can learn from that consultation are as follows:
- There are some specific time requirements and time constraints with divorce, and some other family law actions.
- What to expect during a child custody trial, if it comes to that
- How to handle things amicably and what is involved in handling something through consent
- What specific issues and factors can be covered in a judge’s order
- What the consequences are of disobeying a judge’s order in family law case
Make sure you speak to your spouse
Speaking to your spouse is an important step that can make all the difference with regard to how the process will be handled. Of course, if there are issues of domestic violence, then careful consideration must be made with regard to how this step is handed or if this step is skipped altogether.
In general, however, communication with your spouse about the fact that you want to separate, the timing of it, and how to handle certain issues, go a long way towards resolving things in the most positive way possible. This saves time, saves money, and reduces stress. If you want a divorce, it is usually better if your spouse hears it from you, rather than some unknown attorney.
Obtain and organize as much relevant information as possible
Determinations in family law cases are very fact-specific and situation-specific. Because of this, there will be a lot of information necessary to obtain, not only about yourself but about your spouse. Dates, financial documents, addresses, school district information, information about friends and family, criminal records, and a very wide variety of other things will be necessary eventually, so it is best to start collecting that information early.
Divorce and everything that comes along with it may be of the hardest things that that person will ever have to deal with. Going through it without professional help can make things even worse. Properly preparing for a divorce or another family law case is essential. If you are in the process of being involved in a family law case, contact us. We handle family law matters in Charlotte, NC and the surrounding areas.