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Preparing for Divorce in 2018

Studies suggest that divorce inquiries and filings increase in January, just after the holiday celebrations. Well, it's January and if you find yourself on the verge of a divorce, there are steps you can take to be prepared, to anticipate and avoid missteps that make the process more complicated and expensive. Below are three ways you can prepare.

  1. Assess Your Financial Situation and Options

Some spouses have disparate incomes and many are not familiar with their marital finances. Learn what you need to be informed. Property will need to be divided, marital accounts, expenses and debts need to be assessed. It is important to know what you have in order to make informed decisions. Consulting with a financial analyst to appraise property and uncover hidden assets can be beneficial.

Discuss Pennsylvania's equitable distribution and alimony laws with your attorney. This will help you to keep your expectations realistic.

  1. Protect Your Digital Privacy

Changing account passwords before a divorce is important. Not only does it allow you to investigate your legal options in private, but it also prevents your soon-to-be ex from accessing information and using it against you.

You should not change an account password, however, if it prevents your spouse from accessing information he or she has a right to access such as a shared bank account.

  1. Avoid Negative or Unlawful Behaviors

Making inflammatory comments about your soon-to-be ex on Facebook during divorce proceedings or drinking and driving during custodial negotiations can be mistakes that come back to haunt you. Instead, focus on preserving your well-being, the well-being of your family, and fostering healthy relationships.

These simple preparatory methods can mitigate many difficulties associated with divorce. To further protect your best interests, it is recommended that you consult with an attorney to further discuss what you can expect from the divorce process.

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