The process of filing for divorce can be an extremely confusing one. Many people have no idea how to start. If you are in the unfortunate situation of needing to file for divorce, there are certain things you must do.
First, you’ll want to make sure you have all of your paperwork together before you file for divorce. Do you have joint possessions, such as a house? You will need the deed or the mortgage contract. Do you have joint debt? You will need records of this. Pull all of this sort of paperwork together into a single file.
Next, you should get an idea of how you want to split things. When you file for divorce, unless a specific material possession is noted in the divorce decree, you will likely have no legal standing if there is a dispute later on. During this process, you should also decide how you feel about child custody, as well as child support or alimony.
While you can technically file for divorce without an attorney, it is almost always best to at least consult with an attorney before filing for divorce. An attorney can do anything from consulting with you to explain how the process of filing for divorce works in your state or locality, all the way through helping you file the paperwork. Because divorce laws differ so much from state to state, this is something that you must do.
During the process of filing for divorce, you should keep track of all of your financial transactions. If your spouse promises something to you, make sure that it is put into the divorce decree. Write down dates and times of your conversations, and make sure that you check with your attorney before you sign anything, to make sure that you fully understand what it is that you are being asked to sign.
If you have very few possessions and no children, and are still amiable with your spouse, divorce can still become very messy. However, in these instances, there will obviously be less paperwork, and probably a lesser amount of time that you have to spend with an attorney.