You are not alone if the new year means a new you. Divorces spike in January and during the first few months of a new year. Whether you were waiting until after the holidays to file for divorce or have just decided now is the right time, getting divorced at the beginning of the year is very common.
Divorce is often associated with angry exes struggling to come to an agreement on all sorts of issues. It does not have to be this way. In fact, many couples are able to settle their divorces in a respectable manner that protects both of their interests and futures.
The decision to end your marriage is not easy. This emotional process can seem overwhelming, but there are some things you can do to make your divorce easier from the start. Below are tips on what you should do after making such a difficult decision:
- Gather important documents and make copies: this includes bank statements, credit card statements, tax returns, retirement statements, loan documents and any other financial documents you may have.
- Hire an attorney: do not try to handle your divorce on your own. Specific guidelines need to be followed so working with a lawyer who understands family law in Alabama can ensure your best interests are protected.
- Understand the process: knowing how the process works will help you properly prepare. This will also help alleviate some fears because you will know what to expect along the way. Your attorney can help you learn more about your specific divorce filing and what to expect.
- Get support: this can include getting the right professional help, like an attorney, accountant and therapists as well as the emotional support you will need during this time often found through family members and friends.
Preparation is important when starting the divorce process. Making the decision to separate or get divorced is one of the biggest decisions you will make. Protect yourself and plan for your future by taking steps now to make your divorce easier for you and for you loved ones.