Before You Begin Your Calgary Divorce: Part 1
September 7, 2016
Divorce isn't a decision reached lightly. if you've come to a determination that a divorce is the best way for you to move forward with your life, we have no doubt that a great deal of consideration was given to the decision—but that doesn't necessarily mean you're ready to file.
For many people in Calgary, the divorce process truly begins before any divorce paperwork is filled out, let alone filed. There are likely some decisions to be made and steps to take before you notify the Court or your ex-spouse of your intention to seek a divorce. You might not have planned on getting a divorce when you first got married, but there may be some planning that needs to take place before you begin the official divorce process.
1. Talk to a Calgary Divorce Lawyer First
There are certain issues common to many Calgary divorces that you should be generally aware of before you file for a divorce. Every divorce is unique, however, and there's no substitute for direct advice from an experienced Calgary divorce lawyer. Before you take any steps towards a divorce—moving out of your home, changing bank accounts, etc.—talk to a lawyer about your situation.
2. Get an Idea of Your Financial Standing and Holdings
Your monthly income is likely just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to your finances. In order for your Calgary divorce lawyer to help you prepare for your divorce effectively, and in order for you to have a clear understanding of your financial standing following your divorce, you'll need a solid understanding of your current financial position. Bank statements, investment statements, and credit reports will all be useful, and should be gathered so they are easy to review and refer to when needed.
3. Determine Custody Goals for Your Divorce
Divorces that involve children have the added factor of a custody and access determination being needed in addition to agreements on assets, property, and any spousal support payments.
4. Keep an Even Keel as Your Calgary Divorce Progresses
Though a divorce can be emotionally tough, many in Calgary also want to celebrate the decision to leave a marriage that is no longer working. Keep your head on your shoulders and be responsible with your spending and your behavior. It can all have an impact on your divorce.
If you're ready to talk to a lawyer about your divorce, please contact our office today.
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