Don’t know? While there are many advantages to first, only an experienced divorce attorney will be able to tell you what’s best for your unique situation.
Our experienced attorneys are here to help you through this process. Contact us today with any questions you may have. Continue reading to learn the 5 benefits of filing for divorce first and what you can expect from the divorce process.
BENEFITS OF FILING FOR DIVORCE FIRST
1. AVOID BEING BLINDSIDED
We’ve had clients who’ve felt blindsided by spouses suddenly announcing they’d like a divorce. However, most of our clients get a sense that the marriage isn’t doing well long before this happens. If you suspect you could be getting a divorce soon, we recommend hiring a family law attorney as soon as possible to explore your legal options.
2. GATHER FINANCIAL AND LEGAL DOCUMENTS
Does your spouse control the finances? If so, it’s especially important you have copies of financial and legal documents before filing for divorce. In an abusive relationship, one spouse may control the finances to make it harder for their partner to leave. If you suspect your spouse is planning to file for divorce, get copies of all important documents now. It’ll be much easier to get ahold of these documents while you still have access to the family home.
DOCUMENTS YOU’LL NEED INCLUDE:
- Bank and brokerage statements
- Tax returns
- Insurance policies
- Wills and trusts
- Retirement account statements
- Real estate records
- Vehicle registrations
- Other important documents (Ask your divorce attorney.)