How to Prepare to File for Divorce


Beginning the End of Your Marriage

Divorce is a complicated legal process with a considerable impact on the lives of those involved. Take these steps to ready yourself and simplify the dissolution of your marriage.

Compile Relevant Legal Documents

As with any legal proceeding, part of the preparatory stages will include compiling relevant legal documents. Take the time to locate and make copies of your:

  • Licenses
  • Marriage certificate
  • Postnuptial agreement
  • Prenuptial agreement
  • Trust documents
  • Wills executed during your marriage
  • Visit our website for a detailed list of your documents you should obtain

Our lawyers can help you identify any other documents of yours which may be useful in your divorce based on your particular case.

Become Aware of Your Assets

The divorce process requires a significant amount of work with your finances in disclosing and dividing your assets. It’s important for you to become aware of your financial status.

As you familiarize yourself with your income and expenses, become familiar with the marital standard of living to try to determine whether maintenance (alimony) will be a likely consideration, and how much it could amount to. Also, you should take into consideration your income in comparison to your spouse’s income. If there is a large disparity between you and your spouse’s income, that may be a consideration in the potential for maintenance.

Open Separate Accounts

Many couples combine their finances when they agree to start a life together. If your relationship is heading for divorce, you should discuss with your attorney the possibility of establishing your own personal accounts.

Formulating a Strategy Before Telling Your Spouse You Want a Divorce

Announcing a divorce is no small task. Doing so inevitably leads to a variety of questions regarding your relationship and ultimate decision to split. Before you make your announcement to your spouse, contact our law firm so we can together formulate a strategy on how you can approach your spouse with your decision to divorce.

Contact an Attorney

The divorce process is made considerably simpler with the help of an experienced family law attorney. Our team at Galmiche Law Firm, P.C. will walk you through the preparatory stages and legal proceedings to help you move into the next chapter of your life. Call us today for more information: (636) 552-4841.