Considering Divorce? Critical First Steps to Take
Deciding to get a divorce can be a difficult and stressful decision. If you are considering getting a divorce, it is wise to consider how it will impact your future before formally filing for divorce. There are certain steps you can take that can make the process easier on you and your family.
Step One – Meet with an Attorney Before Making Your Final Decision
As you know, obtaining a divorce is a big life-changing decision. Before you move forward with it, it is a good idea to speak with an attorney so that you are fully informed of your rights. For example, depending on the circumstances, it may be harmful to your case if you have children and you move out of the family home. Additionally, you could harm your case for custody if you refuse to let your spouse see the children. By speaking with an attorney beforehand, you will have an idea to how to proceed if you decide to move forward with the divorce before doing anything that may hurt your case.
Step Two – Gather and Prepare Necessary Documents
There are certain documents that you will need during your divorce proceedings. It is a good idea to gather these things early on so that you can be sure that everything is accounted for. One of the things you will need to do during the process of your divorce is fill out a financial disclosure statement under oath. You will want to have a copy of financial statements and documentation for any bank accounts or retirement accounts you have, as well as balance statements of any loans or debts that you have. If you or your spouse own a business (or you own one together), you should gather documents and financial statements related to the business if possible.
Step Three – Have Another Meeting with Your Attorney to Make Sure Everything is in Order Before You File
Divorce cases can be complex, so even though it is possible to proceed with filing the case on your own, it is a good idea to hire an attorney to handle your case for you. Your attorney will review the financial documents you bring in and will help you with your financial disclosure statement, as well as all other aspects of your case. In some cases, mediation may be a big help in bringing about a resolution to the divorce proceedings, and your attorney can help you choose a well-respected mediator. Sometimes, this is even ordered by the judge. Once you have met with your attorney and they have reviewed all the documentation you have brought in and discussed your concerns and questions with you, they can prepare the paperwork to formally file your divorce case in civil court.
If you are considering divorce in Wisconsin, the skilled divorce attorneys at Bandle and Zaeske, LLP. can help you get started. Give our office a call today at (414) 359-1424 to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys. You can also reach us by email. We have more than 50 years of combined experience helping clients in Milwaukee, Washington, Ozaukee and Waukesha counties navigate the complex legal aspects of divorce.