Most of us who marry don’t intend for it to end but in many cases, it does. If you are one of the almost 40,000 who will file for divorce in Michigan this year, you are not alone. Where to begin when filing for divorce?
This is a question which should not be taken lightly as your family, your belongings and your way of life will all be impacted. If you and your spouse are unable to see eye to eye and a divorce is what you want, first make sure that you are prepared. Below are some issues which you may want to consider carefully before you file for your divorce.
Start building credit of your own
If you are like most couples, the majority of your debt and your credit is not only in your name. After a divorce, depending on your financial situation, getting credit may be difficult. To ensure financial stability for you and any children you have custody of, it is best to begin this as soon as possible. Remember that if you will be depending on income from your spouse, it may take a while to get this in place.
Know your debts and finances before you file
In many cases, debts are joint in marriages. However, whether your debts are joint or not, it is important that you are aware of the situation. A divorce will divide not only assets but debts as well, find out before you go in, where you stand.
Know your income and your spouse’s income and obtain proof
Have copies of not just your own income but also that of your spouse. From pay stubs to tax returns, it is best to have proof of all income to ensure an honest outcome in your case.
Consider getting a post office box
If you will be getting documents from your attorney which are private and are still living with your spouse, a post office box may help you protect your communications.
Consider your will
If you have a will, discuss this with your attorney right away to ensure protection of not only your current assets but your future assets as well.
Make sure you have copies of important documentation
From wills and trusts to financial records, mortgage information and titles, be sure that you have copies of all important documentation.
Consult an attorney
You may want to consider consulting an attorney first, an attorney will be well informed as to the legal issues you should be aware of. Knowing your rights will be very beneficial to the outcome of your case.
Miranda Bailey A Gaylord Divorce Attorney
If you are facing a divorce in Michigan, you should not face it alone. Filing for divorce without a professional to assist you can leave you vulnerable. Miranda Bailey-Quick is an experienced family attorney well-versed and familiar with the laws relating to divorce in Michigan. Before you file for divorce, consider hiring an attorney who can assist you in navigating the divorce process to ensure that your best interests and the best interests of your family are put first. For a free consultation about your case, contact Miranda Bailey-Quick today at 231.347.4444.