If you are considering filing for divorce, you likely did not come to this decision lightly.
Divorce is a complex and emotional process. There are a few things to do before filing that will help you on your journey.
1. Educate yourself about your finances
It is common in marriages for one spouse to handle the hassle of family finances. Make sure you are aware of all bank accounts, retirement accounts and investments. Determine if you owe any debts and get a copy of your credit score. You should also gather copies of your tax returns and pay stubs.
2. Establish credit in your name
Once you have an accurate picture of your current financial situation, you should come up with a financial plan for the future, as your finances will be different once you no longer can count on the income from your ex. Open a credit card in only your name. Establishing good credit in your name will help when you need to make big purchases like a home or car after the divorce.
3. Consider custody
If you have minor children, make every effort to work out a custody plan with your ex. Keep your children out of the decision-making process as much as possible. While their opinions are valid, they should not ever have to feel like they are choosing sides.
Remember that anything that you say and do online in private can become public during your divorce. Photos showing you wasting assets or messages of you threatening your ex will be damaging to your case. Do not do or say anything online that you would not be comfortable showing the judge in your case.