Divorce is a significant change. You understandably want to do everything you can to make the transition from a married person to a single person as seamless as possible.
A divorce plan may not prevent all potential problems, but it can minimize possible conflicts and give you confidence that you’ve done everything possible to make the transition as easy as possible for your family.
How to Get Ready to Get Divorced
As you get ready to get divorced, you may think about:
- Where you are going to live.
- How much money you need to maintain your lifestyle.
- The custody arrangement you would like for your children.
- What will happen to family pets.
- Your financial assets, including bank accounts, investments, insurance policies, and real estate.
- Putting money aside to help with establishing a separate life. This may include setting up new bank accounts that are in your name only.
- Reviewing your credit report and opening a credit card that is in your name only.
- Taking an inventory of your personal property.
- What will happen to your family business, if applicable.
- Your estate planning documents, such as wills and trusts. Now is the time to think about changing beneficiaries on life insurance policies and revising estate planning documents such as wills and powers of attorney for health care and financial affairs.
Your plan may not go as expected. However, even if your soon to be former spouse contests the divorce, the steps described above will help you get organized and ready to deal with the legal issues of your divorce effectively.
Our Family Law Attorneys Can Bring Your Plan to Reality
An experienced family law attorney can provide you with individualized divorce advice to help you achieve your goals. The Cronin Law Firm will provide you with the support and personalized attention you need during this transition time. Call us, text us, or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Michigan divorce lawyer.