Divorce can be one of the most stressful experiences you'll ever go through
in your adult life, but a lot of that stress is based on paperwork and
fear of the unknown. Fortunately, divorce doesn't have to be such
a traumatic experience. There are steps that you can take right here and
now to alleviate the stress of divorce.
One of the most difficult aspects of a divorce is disentangling your finances.
For many clients, especially the extremely busy ones, this is the hardest
part. Even still, some of the most educated spouses worry about child custody,
spousal maintenance, and asset division – they don't know what they don't know
and it scares them.
If you're on the brink of divorce, we can help make things easier on
you, and one of the first things you can do is become educated on New
York's laws regarding:
If you've never been divorced before, you probably don't have a
full understanding about your rights and responsibilities in regards to
the above list. Our advice is to
speak with a divorce attorney sooner than later. If you have not told your spouse that you want a divorce,
we advise speaking with a lawyer
before you drop the divorce bomb.
Before your first consultation with an attorney, it helps significantly
if you can come to your appointment fully prepared with your financial
documents. What this does is paint a clear financial picture of your situation.
This way, your attorney should be able to tell you what to reasonably
expect and what can be an issue.
Documents to bring to your first consultation:
- Last two years of taxes
- Mortgage papers
- Auto loan documents
- Credit card statements
- Recent pay stubs
- Investment statements
- Life insurance policies
- Estate planning documents
- Any other financial records that apply
The old saying, "Knowledge is power" is 100 percent true, especially
as it pertains to the divorce process. By becoming educated on the laws
and being fully prepared, you are putting yourself in the best position
"Achieving a Cost-Effective Divorce"
To meet with a Long Island divorce lawyer, contact our firm today!