Many times people come into my office or call wondering what they should do to prepare for separating from their spouse or the parent of their children. Understandably, it is a difficult decision and each person wants to position themselves to best handle the potential “fall-out” of the separation. They want to take the best steps to protect themselves and their children. One of the most important things a person can do is copy important financial documents and documentation regarding their children. On the financial side it is important to have the financial records (i.e. tax returns and financial and retirement account statements) to establish the marital assets and debts. Sometimes financial information is difficult (but not impossible) to get after a separation or divorce complaint filing. It is important to have the children’s documentation to ensure the safety and well-being of your children.
It is important to consult with an attorney to determine what steps should be taken in order to move forward with a separation and/or divorce. Each separation and/or divorce is unique. Depending upon the parties and the level of difficulties/animosity between the parties, an attorney can best advise as to the next and best steps for a separation and/or divorce.