Divorce is one of the biggest decisions that you will make in your life. If you are going to move forward with your divorce, there are many things that you need to consider before you get started. Here are a few things that you will want to know before you file for divorce.

Does Separation Start Once I File?

Many people think that separation is not recognized until one spouse files for divorce. However, that is not the case. There are two types of separation in Maryland: actual separation and constructive separation. Actual separation begins when spouses begin to live separately in different households. Constructive separation, on the other hand, begins when the spouses begin to live separately in the same household and one of the spouses has intent to proceed with divorce. When it comes to constructive separation, it is important to know that there are requirements that need to be met to prove to the court that you were living separately:

  • You must have separate bedrooms
  • Do not wear your wedding rings
  • Do not share duties such as laundry, shopping and cooking. You should each be doing these things for yourself.
  • Do not socialize or eat together
  • If possible, use separate entrances to your home
  • Do not share bank accounts or bills

What You Need to Change After Divorce

As you know, life is about to change for you. Along with the changes to your relationship status and family dynamic, there are many other things that will change too. Here is a quick checklist of things you should be prepared to change during your divorce:

  • Passwords for your accounts and technology
  • Wills
  • Medical Authorizations
  • Address (if you are moving out of the marital home)
  • Beneficiaries

It is important to think about these things before you meet with your attorney in case you have any questions. If you do, they can help address these during your consultation and help you ease your mind at the beginning of the process.

At petrelli Previtera, we are here to make the divorce process as stress-free as possible while putting you on the right track to move forward with your life. If you are thinking of getting a divorce, schedule a consultation with one of our family law attorneys today.