Divorce is stressful by nature. At Petrelli Previtera, LLC, we know your life is about to change substantially. That’s why our divorce attorneys are dedicated to providing clients with all the information they need to make the best decisions moving forward. In turn, there are a few preparations you can make to help ensure a smooth process and minimize unnecessary stress. Below are a few tips when you have decided to start your divorce.

Gather Your Finances

When a couple dissolves their marriage, they will need to divide their marital assets and debts. Once you have decided to divorce, it’s important to get a solid understanding of your financial situation. When you meet with your divorce attorney for the first time, it’s best to have as much information about the following as possible:

  • Bank accounts
  • Income
  • Real estate properties
  • Assets
  • Retirement plans
  • Loans
  • Credit card debt

Regardless of how much money is involved and whether you and your spouse are divorcing amicably or not, it’s critical to be prepared for dividing your property and debts. Knowing what you have before your first consultation with a lawyer will allow for a productive meeting.

Prepare for Custody Decisions

If you and your spouse have kids, you will need to address the following terms in your divorce agreement:

  • Custody
  • Visitation
  • Child support

There are state laws and requirements to follow when you come up with the terms. Before your first meeting with a divorce lawyer, consider familiarizing yourself with how the court determines custody, child support, and so on. The goal is always to make a decision in the best interest of your children.

Ready to Start Your Divorce? Hire a Great Advocate

You only get one shot at a successful divorce. It’s important to choose a divorce lawyer who listens carefully and has vast experience. Referrals are a good way to start your search for a divorce lawyer, but it is important to do some research online. Look for peer recognition and a strong resume. Meeting with several lawyers is helpful, too. These initial meetings will allow you to determine which divorce lawyer you are comfortable with and whose approach feels right for your situation.

If you have decided to dissolve your marriage, we welcome you to call our firm. Our attorneys can answer your questions and how we approach each client’s divorce.