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FAQs for Planning an Ohio Divorce
Q: How should I prepare for a divorce?
- Educate yourself.Learn about your rights, responsibilities and the options available to you. You can accomplish this by consulting with a knowledgeable Ohio Divorce Lawyer.
- Determine what type of divorce is best suited for your circumstances.You will need to address up to four main issues when you divorce: property and debt division, spousal support, child custody and child support. How you and your spouse are able to approach the negotiations on terms for these areas will help determine whether you should seek a dissolution or collaborative divorce, or whether you will need to hash out a contested divorce in court.
- Make your children a priority.If you have kids, they will need your time, consideration and protection during this difficult challenge. If at all possible, you and your spouse should tell your kids about your impending divorce together. Always use affirmative and reassuring language when discussing your divorce and your spouse, and answering questions about the end of your relationship. Make the creation of a workable parenting plan your priority.
- Obtain a thorough understanding of your financial circumstances.Divorce typically has a major financial impact on each spouse, and more often, that of the wife. You will need to get a detailed picture of where you stand financially and how your situation will change when you are divorced. You can accomplish this by taking a look at all of your financial records and those of your spouse, identifying and detailing all sources of income, tracking your household expenses over the past 12 months, reviewing any pensions and retirement accounts, and determining the cost of upkeep for your house.
- Be Proactive.Don’t wait for your spouse, your lawyer or the court to get your documentation together and a plan in place. Start saving right away to help cover legal fees, court costs, new living expense and other associated costs. Gather all important items and documents, such as birth certificates, marriage license, pre-nuptial agreement, cemetery plot records, photos and records of any valuables and collectables, extra vehicle and house keys, and any powers of attorney. Get a copy of your credit report, and if you don’t have a credit card in your own name, apply for one to start establishing a personal credit history. Inventory all your assets and debts, and ensure your name is on the phone, internet, cable and utility bills as an account holder, not just an authorized user. Consult with a financial advisor to learn about the tax consequences of a divorce and the distribution of marital assets. Take any and all legal steps to protect yourself and your children, and to secure your future.
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