As a woman considering divorce, steps you can take now can help you shorten the process, ensure financial comfort and keep your children safe and healthy. Here are some things we recommend you do before you file for divorce:
- Know what assets and debts you have. As a married resident of Georgia, you are entitled to an equitable share of all marital property in divorce. “Equitable” means fair, not a 50/50 split. To get a fair share of the marital property, you first need to know precisely what you and your spouse acquired during your marriage. Gather copies of all the financial papers you can, such as bank statements and loan documents.
- Set a budget. It is vital that you figure out how much money you will need during the divorce, and after it is final. Calculate whether you can afford to maintain your household on your own, and if not, how much spousal support and child support you will need.
- Take care of yourself. It is natural to struggle emotionally with the impending end of your marriage, even if you know it is necessary. Consider talking to a therapist, clergy member or close friend about your feelings to help you sort through them.
- Find the right divorce lawyer. Your attorney should have substantial experience in divorce law. They should also give your case their personal attention, and have a personality and work style that meshes well with your own.
At Family Lawyers of Atlanta, we strive every day to help women in the Atlanta area get the best possible settlement or court verdict in their divorce case. Attorney Terri S. Herron is happy to offer free case evaluations. To schedule an appointment, please call 404-418-7777 or email us. Our main office is in Roswell, and we have branch offices in Atlanta, Snellville, Marietta and Duluth.