Before getting divorced in Wisconsin, you can take steps to protect your rights and interests and put yourself and your family in the best position to get through the divorce process efficiently. Some of the things you should do to prepare for divorce include:
First, you can begin making financial preparations to separate from your spouse and file for divorce. You can begin collecting the financial documents you need during your divorce proceedings, such as bank statements, investment/retirement account statements, tax returns, business ownership records, property deeds, vehicle titles, and life insurance policies.
More importantly, it would help if you began financially disentangling yourself from your spouse. You should set up separate checking accounts and credit cards to protect yourself if your spouse locks you out of your joint accounts. If you do not work or have a separate source of income, you should start planning how to cover your expenses until you can obtain interim alimony/spousal support during your divorce.
Consulting a Divorce Attorney
It would help if you spoke with a divorce attorney as early as possible. An attorney can explain your rights and options and prepare you for what to expect in a divorce. Your lawyer can also help you with initial preparations, including gathering records/information and getting ready to separate from your spouse or move out of the marital home. An attorney can also help protect your interests if your spouse engages in wrongful behavior like concealing assets, shutting you out of joint accounts or the family home, or denying parenting time with your children.
You should also begin emotionally/mentally preparing for the divorce process and the end of your marriage. Emotional preparation begins with acknowledging your feelings and allowing yourself to go through the five stages of grief to accept the changes in your life and move forward. Find activities and coping mechanisms that work for you.
You may seek support from other family members and friends who can provide a kind ear, help with daily tasks and chores, or encourage you to get out and enjoy recreational activities. When necessary, seek professional therapy to work through intense or debilitating thoughts or feelings.
Suppose you and your spouse have an amicable relationship. In that case, consider negotiating a divorce settlement to resolve issues like property division, alimony, and child custody/support before filing for divorce. Going to court with a settlement in hand can help you and your ex avoid expensive litigation.
Plan for Life During and After Divorce
Finally, it would help if you started thinking about what your life will look like during and after your divorce. Where will you live? Who will have primary custody of your children? If you left the workforce during your marriage, do you plan to return to work, and what does that process look like? Mapping out your post-divorce life can reduce the fear and anxiety that you may feel over an uncertain future after your separation and divorce.
Contact a Divorce Lawyer Today When you decide to file for divorce, experienced legal counsel can guide you through the process and protect your and your family’s interests and future. Contact Sparr, Belville & Brown, LLC, today for a confidential consultation with a compassionate family law attorney to get the legal and personal support you need as you begin the next chapter of your life.