Filing for a divorce is never easy, no matter how amicable both parties may claim to be. It’s complicated especially once matters of conjugal properties and alimony are brought to the table, but especially so if there are children involved.
Contrary to popular public perception, men also have a hard time dealing with divorce. From arranging their financial situation to make sure that they will earn custody rights for the children, they would also need sound legal advice from legal firms like Cordell & Cordell to get through the process.
If you’re thinking of filing a divorce, here are some things you can start preparing to ease the burden of the entire process.
Account for Your Individual Finances
Now that you and your spouse are going your separate ways, one of the things that will primarily be affected is your finances. As a couple, you would have been building your wealth together; the same would now have to be divided between the two of you. Of course, you would want this to go as fairly and smoothly as possible.
If you haven’t been really paying attention to your financial details, now would be a good time to do so. Gather all important documents, such as paystubs, tax returns, bank accounts, insurance policies, investment portfolio, and more.
You also should consider setting up a private account if you don’t have one yet. Your divorce lawyer should be able to further guide you as to what other things you need to protect your finances.
Inventory Your Personal Property
Division of property is also another tricky entanglement arising from divorce proceedings, and it does not necessarily apply only to real estate. It could involve anything from furniture to cars, jewelry to art, even sports equipment, and other hobby materials.
It would do you good to identify which items were purchased by yourself, and when. It could help in your case, later on, to show that the item was acquired even before the marriage.
Custody of Children
When it comes to custody battles, men usually have to contend with what is called Custody Bias. This basically means that the mother is usually perceived as the primary carer of the children, which is why the tendency is to award custody to them.
Men can improve their chances at earning fair custody rights by strategizing closely with a divorce lawyer. Ready documentation or proof of how much involvement you do have in raising the child or children.
It may be a long, arduous process, and it will not only be emotionally draining but mentally and financially as well. A trusted divorce lawyer from legal services like the Cordell & Cordell team should be able to help.