When you’re thinking about divorcing your spouse, it’s important that you prioritize what to do first – and figure out what can wait. Here’s what you need to know.
Divorce: What to Do First
Before you even file for divorce, there are a few things you should do. For many people, the very first step is contacting a Milwaukee divorce lawyer who can explain the process and help you create a plan. Even if you’re not quite ready to talk to an attorney, though, you can:
- Gather financial documents
- Start thinking about child custody
- Figure out your living situation
- Start putting away money
Let’s take a closer look at each of these.
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#1. Gather Financial Documents
All the financial documents you have – bank statements, tax returns, investment account statements and other types of paperwork – may be relevant to your divorce. Gather everything you need before you file; that way, when your attorney needs paperwork, you have it ready.
#2. Start Thinking About Child Custody
There’s a good chance that you and your ex-spouse will share custody of your children. Now is the time to start thinking about how you’ll divide your time with the kids. Your attorney can help you zero in on a plan when the time comes, but it’s a good idea to start considering what’s going to work best for your family.
Related: The basics of legal custody in Wisconsin
#3. Figure Out Your Living Situation
Are you going to ask your ex if you can keep your marital home in the divorce, or do you think you’d be better off selling it and splitting the proceeds? Start thinking about whether it’s economically feasible to make the decisions you want to make about your living situation, and begin developing a plan that helps you work through possible obstacles.
#4. Start Putting Away Money
Whether you have been working since you married or you’ve been out of the workforce, it’s a good idea to start putting away money of your own. It’s also a good idea to open your own bank accounts and lines of credit. You should talk to an attorney before you make any major decisions (such as getting a new job), though.
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Do You Need Advice on Divorce (and What to Do First)?
Our skilled divorce attorneys may be able to help you. Call us at 414-383-6700 to find out what options you have when you split up from your spouse.