If you are contemplating filing for a divorce, you likely have time to think about ways that you can protect your interests if you do decide to file the paperwork to end your marriage. This is an important consideration because it gives you time to prepare in a more meaningful way. We can help you to learn about what you need to do to protect yourself during the divorce.
Planning before filing is a good idea in almost every case. If you are in an abusive marriage, this gives you time to try to gather copies of financial documents and other important paperwork that might help you during the divorce. If your divorce is going to be a high-asset split, the same is true.
Thinking before filing gives you the chance to determine when you should file. There are some special situations that might make you think twice. For example, if you or your spouse is in the military, you should consider how a divorce now will affect 20/20/20 benefits. If you are the civilian in the marriage, it might behoove you to stay in the marriage until you meet those requirements if you are right on the cusp.
If you have children, you can take a bit to think about how the timing of the filing will affect them. Sure, there isn’t really any good time for them to deal with their parents separating, but this might help you avoid a split right at the holiday season or around a birthday.
No matter what the circumstances of your marriage and divorce, we can help you to evaluate your filing options. This will give you the information you need to make a decision that is right for you.