You are considering divorce. Have been considering it on and off for years. You want to sit down with your spouse and talk out the process. DON’T. STOP. PAUSE. Before you go any further with your spouse, it is ESSENTIAL you understand your rights. Even if you think you can have a friendly divorce and create the basics of an agreement on your own – DON’T yet. Hire a GREAT attorney for a 1-2 hour consult and know what your rights are (with your own unique twists) in your state.
First find a great attorney. You can look in local magazines for the top ___ family law/divorce attorneys in your area. You can get recommendations from people you know who have gone through the process. Don’t be afraid of the cost of a great attorney. Because they are great – they know all of the players in their profession. They have gone up against them time after time. The great attorneys know divorce like nobody else’s business, and they will save you money in the long run. They will also be honest with you about what you can expect.
Second, pull all of your finances together. Pull any legal documents for companies you both own. Taxes for the last three years. Bills, Accounts, everything. Send an email with a financial statement and your pertinent information a couple of days before your appointment. Bring copies with you. Pertinent information would be: names, ages, how long you have been married, what you own together, children – names and ages, professions, etc.
Third, find money to have this essential consult. Don’t have money? Oh, yes, I bet you do. I will give you 7 ways you can find the money to make this happen. You have options!
Special Guest Ms. Cindy Battino, ACSM, CCS
Brennan Healing Science Practitioner
Reinvent Your Life with Transformational Healing