When you married your partner, you may not have thought you’d be sitting in divorce court one day. Moving a divorce case forward will require some preparation and a deeper understanding of the legal process, especially if you have children. Here are some ways to handle divorcing your significant other.
Gather Financial Documentation
Getting married is expensive, and unfortunately, divorce can be even more so. In the United States, the cost of a divorce varies from $15,000 to about $42,500, according to Forbes. Be sure to check the laws of your state when it comes to your upfront financial liability. Financial documentation will also need to be gathered, as this will be used to discuss your assets during the settlement. This process should be done with a team of attorneys experienced with divorce cases.
Contact Your Estate Planner
Do you have a will or a trust set up? If so, it’s time to contact your estate planner to make some key adjustments. In most cases, you’ll likely want to remove them or give them a lesser inheritance. If your spouse was set to be the person to inherit the majority of your estate upon your death, you may want to change that to your children or another relative.
Talk to Your Children
It would be ideal if you and your ex-partner sit down and talk to the children together about your painting divorce. Your children may have a lot of questions about what happens next. Do your best to answer their questions as insightfully as possible. However, it may also be best for your family to come together under the guidance of a third party.
Mediation can provide much-needed assistance with divorce negotiations. Co-mediation services are excellent help for a divorcing couple with children. While pre-decree and post-decree divorce mediation services can allow for productive discussions of child custody, retirement accounts, distribution of property, and parenting time. C.E.L. and Associates is here to help you throughout this process with exceptional mediation services.
Divorcing your significant other can be stressful and heartbreaking. However, a lot of stress can be alleviated with the help of thorough mediation services. C.E.L. and Associates is happy to provide these services and more, so don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you need a professional mediator.