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Geneva divorce attorneyThere are many steps to complete when it comes ending your marriage. There is marital property to divide, assets to consider, retirement plans to change, credit cards to open, and bank accounts to close. If you have children, there are additional, and often more emotional considerations regarding custody, parenting plans, and visitation rights.

You may also have other things to consider—who will keep the family pet? When can the ex-spouse still visit with and carry on a relationship with in-laws? Is it possible to still share a group of friends? These are all considerations that will need to be made at the personal discretion of the divorcing couple. While a legal professional can help with concrete processes, of course, including financial decisions and property division, he or she will only be able to offer solicited advice when it comes to the more personal aspects of marital dissolution.

Filing for Divorce

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preparing for divorce, planning, Kane County divorce lawyerIf you ask five family members or friends for advice on what to do in preparing for your divorce, you are likely to get five different answers. This is not because any of them wrong necessarily, but because there are many important factors to consider and steps to take. Similarly, the Internet is replete with advice and checklists for divorcing individuals, but before you take action, it is important to take stock of what you have, what you want, and what it will take to get there.

Save Some Money

As you get ready to file your petition for divorce, you will need to have some money put aside for a variety of expenses. This is especially true if you have become accustomed to a lifestyle reliant on two incomes. Very soon, you will be forced to be self-reliant, and if your monthly income cannot meet your monthly needs, you will need to have savings. Remember that during the divorce process, you may need to find a new place to live, buy new household goods or furniture, or hire an attorney. All of these things cost money and you need to be prepared.

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asset division, Child Custody, child support, contemplating divorce, divorce and communication, divorce process, effects of divorce, Geneva family law attorney, spouse negotiation, divorce paperwork, divorce preparationGoing through a divorce is never easy, even if you are the one who wants out of the marriage. There are steps you can take to help the legal divorce process go smoothly and with less acrimony between you and your soon-to-be former spouse. These steps will also help keep legal costs down.

  • Provide the necessary documents and financial records that your attorney requests in a timely manner;
  • Bring required documents to the law office or court hearings when your attorney asks you to do so;
  • Make sure the records and documents are organized and easy to follow;
  • Consider seeing a therapist to help deal with your feelings. Although a divorce is both emotional and devastating, focusing on anger and resentment not only affects your mental and physical health. It can also affect your divorce case. Also, blaming your spouse for the entire marriage breakup and not recognizing areas where you may have been at fault will only hamper your healing;
  • Try not to surround yourself with family and friends who are biased and may fuel your feelings of anger;
  • Make attempts to negotiate a settlement with your spouse before actually being ordered to do so by a judge. Filing motion after motion to have the court decide every issue that comes up is not something that judges like seeing in their already crowded courtrooms; and
  • As difficult as dealing with your spouse may be, it is important to try to keep the lines of communication open, especially if you will be co-parenting together. Being able to communicate with each other is also important as issues come up even after your divorce is final.

If you and your spouse have decided to divorce, there are several issues that may need negotiated, such as child custody and support, property and asset division, spousal support, and college expenses. Contact an experienced Geneva family law attorney to discuss your options and needs.

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