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February 13, 2023

The First Steps Getting Started With Divorce

“I want a divorce.” You hoped you’d never hear or speak such words. This is a conversation that you and your spouse will likely never forget. If you end up getting divorced, the tone of this conversation could carry over into the divorce proceedings.

It makes no difference whether you or your partner were aware of the issues or were clueless as to why you felt this way. If either of you has expressed a desire to end your marriage, you cannot bury your head in the sand and hope the issue disappears. You have to do what you can in order to move forward.

So, what are the best next steps?

6 Steps to Get You Started With a Divorce

Divorce is a long, complicated process that can be hard to navigate and requires careful planning and preparation. If you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse are considering filing for divorce, it is important to understand the steps involved and what to expect along the way. 

Here are the first steps you should take when getting started with a divorce:

1. Consider your goals. 

Divorce can take many forms, from a collaborative divorce to a contested divorce. Before beginning the divorce process, it is important to consider which option is best for you and your situation. Consider your goals and priorities. Do you want to keep the family home? Do you want to receive alimony? Knowing your goals can help guide your negotiations and ensure that your needs are met.

2. Make a plan for your children. 

If you have children, it is important to make a plan for their care and custody. This may include determining a parenting plan, discussing child support, and deciding on a visitation schedule. It is important to consider how the divorce will impact them. Consider working with a child specialist or family therapist to help your children adjust to the changes ahead.

3. Stay organized.

Divorce can be a complex and emotional process, so it is important to stay organized. Keep all documents and communication related to the divorce in one place, and keep track of important dates and deadlines.

4. Gather financial documents.

When you get a divorce, your assets and debts will be split, so it’s important to know where you stand financially. Gather all relevant financial documents, including tax returns, bank statements, investment account statements, and mortgage statements. This information will be needed to accurately determine the value of your assets and liabilities.

5. Develop a support system.

Divorce can be emotionally challenging, so it is important to have a support system in place. This can include friends, family, or a therapist who can offer emotional support and guidance throughout the process.

6. Consult with an attorney.

It is important to seek the advice of an experienced divorce attorney to help you navigate the legal process. An attorney can help you understand your legal rights and obligations, assess your options, and guide you through the divorce process.

How an Experienced Divorce Attorney Can Help You to Get Started with The Process

Divorce can be hard to start, but with the right help and direction, it is possible to get through the process successfully. At The Choi Law Firm, our experienced family law attorneys can help guide you through the divorce process and protect your legal rights. Our New Jersey divorce attorneys can help you navigate the legal system and develop a plan that works for you and your family. We understand the challenges that come with divorce and are committed to helping our clients achieve the best possible outcome. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can help you.

Contact The Qualified New Jersey Divorce Lawyers at The Choi Law Firm for a Confidential Consultation About Your Divorce Matter in NJ or NY Today

If you are thinking about filing for divorce, or if you have already started the divorce process and are dealing with another matter such as child custody, child support, or division of assets, you need to speak with a qualified attorney. The New Jersey family law attorneys at The Choi Law Firm represent clients throughout the state, including Fort Lee, Garfield, Hackensack, and across New York. We understand how challenging this time can be for you, which is why we will fight hard to protect your interests, and the interests of your loved ones, throughout the legal process. Call us at 201-613-5557 or fill out our confidential contact form to schedule a consultation. We have an office conveniently located at 1372 Palisade Avenue in Fort Lee, NJ, as well as an office located in New York at 164-01 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, NY.

The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney-client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.

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