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What Should I Do Before Filing for Divorce in New Jersey?

Going through a divorce is often complicated. It is a long process that can be emotionally draining for spouses and their families that are involved. It is because of this that it is important to be prepared for what you are going into before you file. Taking the necessary steps before going through a divorce can ensure that the process goes smoother. 

Be Sure You Want a Divorce

It is no secret that marriage is hard. When things get difficult for spouses, it can often lead to emotionally charged situations that may lead you to consider divorce. If the idea of divorce pops into your mind, it is crucial that you take the necessary time to digest the situation and consider every option you have to save your marriage. This can include counseling or therapy. This is because, once divorce papers are served, it can be difficult to turn back. 

Take Inventory of Your Finances

Understanding your financial situation can help you budget for a divorce and prepare for your life after it. This can include going through safety deposit boxes or safes, taking pictures of valuable items, and creating a spreadsheet of all your assets and debts. This can include properties, retirement accounts, pension accounts, bank accounts, mortgages, credit cards, and more.

Set Custody Goals

If you have children, they are one of the most important concerns when entering a divorce. It is important to prepare for what you want the custody situation to look like once the proceedings are finished.

Determine Your Living Situation

It is usually best to not leave home before a divorce unless abuse is taking place. This is because behavior leading up to the divorce can impact who keeps the family home. However, it is important to know what you want your living situation to be once the divorce is final. 

Make Purchases

During a divorce, judges may issue an order prohibiting spouses from making large purchases or selling assets. It is because of this that these decisions should be made before the divorce begins. However, it is important to know that you should not drain the marriage assets even if there is not a court order, as it can impact the case.

Develop a Support Network

Going through a divorce is an emotional time in a person’s life. It is crucial to surround yourself with family, friends, and even a therapist to support you during this time. 

Meet With a Divorce Attorney

Divorces can prove to be complex situations that require a great deal of time and attention. It is because of this that it is important to retain the services of an experienced divorce attorney to navigate this time in your life and defend the best interests of you as well as your family.

Contact our Firm

If you need an experienced legal team to guide you through your divorce, contact Townsend, Tomaio & Newmark L.L.C today.