Divorce starts the formal process of separating one couple into two lives.
Divorce is an emotionally strenuous experience that involves bring legal and financial issues to a successful resolution.
Preparing yourself for the divorce process is crucial to obtaining satisfactory results.
If you’re getting divorced in Dacula, GA, you need to know the do’s and don’ts of divorce.
THINGS TO DO IN A DIVORCE
DO consult with a divorce attorney. Seek qualified legal counsel to guide you through the divorce process. This will ensure your interests are represented, documents are properly filed and a solid divorce settlement is negotiated.
DO gather important documents. Make copies of vital records from the previous three years of your marriage. This includes financial documents such as pay stubs, bank statements, tax returns and investment account records. Provide copies to your attorney.
DO cancel joint credit cards. You are liable for any debt incurred by your spouse using credit card accounts in both of your names. Creditors can come after you for these debts and your creditworthiness can be severely damaged if they are not paid.
DO take an inventory of your assets. The court will equitably distribute assets, debt, and property between you and your spouse. Therefore, you need to document what what is yours and what belongs to your spouse. Be sure to include any items that have sentimental value to you like art work, family photographs and jewelry. You can make a list of your inventory and also take pictures and videos of your items.
WHAT SHOULDN’T I DO IN A DIVORCE?
- DON’T use do-it-yourself online divorce kits. They often only have generic forms that may not be usable in Gwinnett County Family Court, where divorces for residents of Dacula are processed. Plus, only a divorce attorney can craft an acceptable settlement and represent you before the court.
- DON’T try to do everything yourself. Depending on the complexity of your divorce, you may need to engage the services of appraisers and accountants to protect your interests. You may need witnesses to verify your claims to property. You may need a counselor or therapist you help you maintain your emotional well-being during the divorce process.
- DON’T put your children in the middle of your divorce. Avoid saying negative things about your spouse in front of your children. Also resist the urge to use your children to deliver messages to your spouse or make them feel guilty for wanting to maintain a relationship with the other parent.
- DON’T engage in conflict and negative communications with your spouse. Letters, phone messages and text messages can all be read in court. Keeping communication neutral or communicating through your attorney maintains your privacy and better positions you to fairly settle your case.
PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR ASSETS BY CALLING DACULA’S LEADING FAMILY LAW FIRM
An experienced attorney can help you navigate the divorce process with your interests as the highest priority