If you’re reading this article, it’s probably because you’re unhappy in your marriage, and you’ve been thinking about calling it quits. But the thought of divorce can be overwhelming for many people. There’s a lot to consider, even more to plan and do, and the emotional toll it takes can be exhausting. Not to mention the impact it can have on your kids. As divorce attorneys based in Lansing, our team completely understands why some people take time to think it all through for a good long while before they pull the trigger on that exit strategy. So we’d like to help with that a little.
If you’re considering getting divorced, there are a few things you should think over that will streamline the process for you. Little things you’ll be glad you knew about in advance, because they’ll make the entire thing a bit less daunting if you know ahead of time what you should be doing to get ready. So here’s our list of your top five thinking points for your marriage exit strategy. Because every case is different, the most important thing to do is hire an attorney to help guide you and strategize with you. After helping thousands of clients all over Ingham, Eaton, Clinton, Jackson, Ionia, Gratiot, and Livingston Counties, we know a thing or two about planning for a successful outcome to divorce cases.
Things to consider when planning an exit strategy for divorce:
- Consider Your Finances
If you’re considering a divorce, you need to start thinking about your money situation now, and your financial possibilities moving forward. Pull your credit reports and look at your score. If there are any discrepancies or problems, now is the time to address them. If you don’t have a credit card in your own name, then you should apply for one and start building some independent credit ASAP. If you don’t have an independent income, start looking into what options are available to you for earning money in the future. The more you prepare for your financial future after the divorce, the better off you’ll be.
- Start Gathering Your Paperwork
When you finally choose a divorce lawyer and meet with them, they are going to ask you for a long list of documents. From mortgage account information or a rental lease, to banking statements, copies of paystubs for both spouses, 3 years of income tax returns and retirement fund statements, you have a lot of paperwork to compile. So the sooner you start gathering it up and putting everything together in a safe place, the smoother this process will be. If you’re curious about what kinds of documentation you’re going to need to bring to your first consultation with your attorney, stay tuned – we’ll be providing that right here in our blog very soon! If there are documents that you just cannot get your hands on, don’t sweat it. We can get those documents for you as part of assisting prepare your exit strategy.
- Consider Your Future Options
Once you approach your spouse and let them know that you want to end the marriage, the ball will be rolling and you’ll need to have plans in place for what comes next. Certainly you won’t have that discussion with your spouse until after your strategy planning session with your divorce attorney. Will you continue living together during the divorce process, or do you want to live separately? What about your children? Do you want joint custody, or would your kids be better off living with only you? Consider what your ideal future looks like, and start looking into your options. You probably won’t get everything you want, but you can certainly plan ahead and prepare for all eventualities.Again, this is where the experience (and reputation) of your family law attorney are critical.
- Get good legal help
If you’re going to go through with your divorce, you should have excellent legal help. Divorces can be long, messy, and complicated. There are loads of things to plan for, countless papers to file, and all sorts of legal technicalities to take into account. One of the best things you can do for yourself is make sure that you have a top-of-the-line attorney to help you every step of the way. From asset division and child custody, to alimony and even your future prenuptial agreements, there is no part of this process you should have to handle alone. Especially your exit strategy! So get the best lawyer you can afford. The peace of mind is worth every penny. It is sometimes true that having the best divorce lawyer will save you a lot of money in the long run. The flip side is that not having a great divorce attorney can often cost you a lot of money in the long run.
- Have a Support System in Place
Divorce is hard. It’s emotionally draining and extremely stressful. And while a great divorce attorney can make a huge difference to the process, you need more than just good legal advice to carry you through this challenging time. You need emotional and psychological support as well. So reach out to your friends and loved ones. Get a counselor, or hire a therapist. Do whatever you have to do to make sure that you have the support you need, when you need it. Because there are going to be some tough days ahead, and the better prepared you are to face them, the less likely you are to feel overwhelmed. Our attorneys have developed an incredible network of professionals that we refer to. Counselors, accountants, investment advisors / financial planners, private investigators, computer forensic analysts and so on. We can help every step of the way.
The Kronzek Firm can help you prepare for your divorce when you’re ready.
We get it – it’s a huge decision and you need to be certain that it’s what you want before you start the process. But if you reach the point where you know this is the right choice for you, or if you just want help preparing an exit strategy, we’ll be here. Our highly respected and widely experienced family law attorneys have been helping the people of Ingham, Clinton and Eaton counties with every aspect of their divorces for decades, and we can help you too. Whether you hail from Lansing, Ovid, St. Johns or Grand Ledge, we’re available round the clock, including nights and weekends for emergencies. So call 517 866 1000 today to set up your free phone or Zoom conference. There is no part of this process we can’t help with.