No matter the circumstances surrounding your and your former spouse’s divorce, the proceedings will likely be stressful. But there are methods you can utilize to prepare for your divorce as much as possible. Follow along to find out how you can properly prepare for your divorce and how a proficient Morris County divorce lawyer at Graves Andrews, LLC can guide you through this.
What are the different divorce methods?
Before all else, you and your former spouse must choose a divorce method that best fits your situation. In the state of New Jersey, you have the following methods at your disposal:
- Mediation: this is an alternative divorce method in which you and your former spouse will negotiate your divorce-related terms in the presence of a neutral, third-party mediator.
- Arbitration: this is an alternative divorce method in which one or more arbitrators will make a binding decision on your and your former spouse’s disputed divorce-related terms.
- Collaboration: this is an alternative divorce method in which you and your former spouse, along with your respective attorneys, will meet together to reach agreements on your divorce-related terms.
- Litigation: this is a divorce method in which you and your former spouse cannot reach an agreement on your divorce-related terms on your own, so a decision will be made by a New Jersey family law court.
In what ways can I prepare for my divorce?
Once you choose your divorce route, you can follow the below tips to properly prepare for your divorce:
- Set realistic goals: if you make attainable goals for how you want your spousal support, child support, child custody, and asset division agreements to be settled, then you are less likely to be disappointed at the end of your proceedings. And sharing your goals with your attorney can make them all the more achievable.
- Educate yourself on divorce proceedings: if you do your research before your divorce proceedings begin, you will know what is to come. Specifically, your research should pertain to the divorce process itself, along with all your divorce-related terms at hand.
- Collect your relevant documents: if you collect relevant documents and store them in a secure place that is easily accessible, then they will be all the more helpful to you in defending your case. Examples of such documents include your prenuptial agreement or postnuptial agreement, bank statements, credit card statements, income tax returns, pay stubs, etc.
With all that being said, you should not proceed further without legal representation from a talented Morristown family law attorney. We will help you reach a settlement agreement that is fair and equitable. So, as soon as you can, pick up the phone and give our firm a call.