Choosing to file for divorce is a momentous decision. Before you begin the process, it is a good idea to ensure that you are prepared in every way possible. The last thing you want is to be knee-deep in divorce proceedings and realize you are unprepared to address a critical question.
The first thing any professional will recommend is to begin saving money. It is not only attorneys that cost money, but there will also be many different sets of bills. Without your spouse’s income, it may be harder to pay them. It is imperative, however, that you not do this after you have filed papers, at least not with money such as your paycheck that can be considered marital property. Illinois is an equitable distribution state, meaning that marital property is distributed to the spouses in the most equitable manner possible upon a divorce. Concealing money that is earmarked as marital property, as spouses’ paychecks usually are, can lead to accusations of hiding assets.