Not many people have firsthand experience in navigating through a divorce. Fewer people still know the proper steps of defending themselves along the way. There are many steps someone can take to protect their future, with and without an attorney.
Proper action can leave a person in an excellent position after a divorce. It is essential for anyone either in the middle of a divorce or considering starting one to begin taking proper defensive action today. The more time you give yourself to prepare, the better the outcome of your divorce can be.
Steps anyone can take
It is vital to remain thorough in all things when it comes to divorce defense. The following list is only a few of the steps anyone can take:
- Get an attorney: this is probably the most crucial step in any divorce. No matter the circumstances, even in an uncontested divorce, now is the best time to hire a lawyer.
- Gather relevant documents: bank statements, deeds and titles, tax documents, and real estate documents are all things that you should have a copy of, as well as personal papers.
- Cancel any joint accounts: credit cards and bank accounts are all matters of contention in a divorce if both spouses have their name on it. Separating assets before a divorce can avoid costly contentions
- Secure your personal property: precious items like heirlooms and collections can become points of contention in the asset division stage of divorces. It is also beneficial to identify shared marital property in advance, so you can prepare to negotiate for these shared assets.
- Do not sign or agree to anything without a lawyer present: any decision you may without a lawyer’s counsel can become a costly mistake overnight. Make sure your lawyer is aware of any possible choices you need to make.
While these are only a few precautions you can take, even these will drastically improve your position in a divorce.
Proceed with caution
Never underestimate the risk involved with a divorce. By being proactive in taking steps to defend yourself, you can find yourself satisfied with your decisions years after a divorce.