As it becomes clear that divorce is in your future, it’s hard to know where to start and what to do first. It’s all so overwhelming!
But what if you could have a support team at your side as your divorce journey unfolds and becomes finalized? And it would most likely be more cost and time-effective than a litigated court divorce?
Let me introduce you to the collaborative divorce process. This family-oriented, amicable divorce process relies on a team approach, a commitment to staying out of court and litigation, along with learning how best to communicate with each other so you can be heard for negotiations and co-parenting your children during your divorce and in the future. It will help you process your divorce in a way that does not tear down everyone involved, including your children.
When this process is just beginning, we like to suggest a few steps to prepare for the journey ahead:
- Make sure that divorce is 100% in the direction you want to take
- Talk to a mental health professional before sharing the news with your children, regardless of their age
- Compile all of your financial records – income, expenses, investments, debts, and retirement funds
- Keep an eye out for your children showing signs of anxiety, anger or depression – reach out to a child life specialist if needed
- Start a new bank account and get a new credit card – it will help your credit score
It is important to take certain steps at the beginning of the divorce process to help you prepare for the process ahead. When you utilize the Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association experts, you start off knowing you are properly prepared with a team of divorce experts.
Note: This information is general in nature and should not be construed as legal/financial/tax/or medical advice. You should work with your attorney, financial, medical or tax professional to determine what will work best for your situation.