Starting the New Year with a Big Choice
The start of a new year is often seen as a time for new beginnings. This can be especially true for those ready to end their marriage. If you file for divorce at the beginning of the year, there are some things you will need to prepare in advance. This blog will discuss how to get ready for your divorce filing.
Prepare Important Documents
When you begin filing for divorce, there are a few essential documents you will need to have on hand. These include:
Your Marriage Certificate
This is perhaps the most important document you will need when filing for divorce. It is used to prove that you are married and, therefore, eligible to file for divorce.
Your Birth Certificate
You will need this to prove your identity. If this has been lost, you can request a new one.
Proof of Residency
To file for divorce in most states, you must be a resident of that state. When you file for divorce, you will need to provide proof of residency, such as a utility bill or lease agreement.
You will need to provide financial papers such as bank statements and tax returns when filing for divorce. This is necessary to determine child support and alimony payments, if applicable.
A List of Assets and Debts
You and your spouse need to list all of your assets and debts. This includes property, vehicles, savings accounts, investment accounts, and any other type of debt you may have.
A Parenting Plan
If you have children, you must create a parenting plan that outlines custody arrangements and visitation schedules.
Inform Your Loved Ones
Before you begin filing for divorce, it is crucial to inform your loved ones. This can be a difficult conversation, but it is important to have nonetheless. Your family and friends will need to know what is going on and how they can support you during this time.
Create a Budget
Filing for divorce can be costly. You will need to budget for attorney fees, filing fees, and the costs of serving your spouse with divorce papers. You will also need to budget for childcare expenses if you have children. Creating a realistic budget before you begin the divorce process is important.
Meet with an Attorney
It is always a good idea to meet with an attorney before filing for divorce. An attorney can answer any questions about the process and help you understand your rights under the law. An attorney can help you navigate the divorce process and protect your interests.
If you need help determining how to proceed with your divorce, turn to the team at Law Office of Greg Quimby, P.C. for assistance. We can help you find your best path forward.
Learn more about divorce in Colorado or schedule a consultation by calling (719) 212-4227 or by visiting our website.