Preparing For A Divorce
As the saying goes, you should hope for the best but prepare for the worst. You may be doing everything you can to keep your marriage together, but if divorce is a possibility, you may want to take early steps to prepare and protect yourself if you need to go that route.
It Is Never Too Soon To Talk To A Lawyer
I am not here to push you into a divorce. In fact, I encourage you to explore every option for reconciling with your spouse. However, I do want to make certain you are prepared in the event that divorce becomes inevitable. The sooner you act, the sooner you can lay the foundation you need to protect your assets and your relationship with your children.
When you come to the Law Office of Rebecca Anne Gonzalez in San Antonio, Texas, I will provide you information on important steps you can take to be prepared in the event of a divorce. Examples of some of the things you will want to do include:
Gather all financial records and documentation: Get mortgage information, bank account records and all other pertinent financial documents together and keep them in one place. I will make certain nothing is overlooked and you have all the necessary records within reach.
Document all your separate property: Separate property includes property you acquired prior to the marriage, as well as inheritances and gifts. This property is not subject to division, as long as there is documentation that proves it is indeed separate. I will educate you about the documentation required to ensure property is accurately characterized.
Make note of the time you spend with your children: Are you a stay-at-home parent? Do you drive your children to school? Do you attend their extracurricular events? The relationship you have with your children now will play a role in determining child custody arrangements.
Filing For Divorce
In preparing for divorce, many people question whether they should file or wait until their spouse files. There may be strategic reasons to file first or to let your spouse file, depending on your situation. As your lawyer, I will assess the situation, and provide you guidance about the steps to take to protect your interests before and during the divorce process.
Be Proactive With An Initial Consultation
Ready to discuss the possibility of a divorce with an experienced attorney? Contact me today at 210-888-9836 or toll free at 800-823-6321, or by email. Evening and weekend appointments are available, upon request.