The decision to end a marriage is rarely an easy one. But, before you initiate the proceedings, there are a few factors to consider to prepare you for the process and ensure your family has the support it needs. Below, the divorce attorneys at Coyne, Cundiff & Hillemann, PC, in Lake St. Louis, MO, share four steps to take before filing.
What to Do in Preparation for Divorce
1. Review Your Finances
Be prepared for your financial life to come under legal scrutiny in the following weeks and months. Have all the related documents ready and organized—from bank statements and retirement account records to life insurance policies and property deeds. Your divorce attorney will review them to determine the best approach and course of action to take during asset and custody negotiations.
2. Put the Kids First
Children often experience the pain of divorce more acutely than anyone else in the family. They also tend to blame themselves, which can have a devastating impact on their self-esteem. Make a concerted effort to put your kids first: Spend extra time with them, be available, and answer their questions honestly but age-appropriately.
3. Stay Off Social Media
It's understandable to want to rally the support of loved ones during this difficult time. However, it’s wise to stay off social media. Anything you post to an account is considered part of the public record and could be used against you during the proceedings. If your divorce is acrimonious, don't give your spouse any more fuel for allegations that might cost you custody and other valued privileges.
If you want to end your marriage, trust Coyne, Cundiff & Hillemann, PC, to protect your rights and look out for the best interests of your family. With more than 75 years of combined legal experience, their divorce attorneys provide quality legal counsel and guidance for a range of challenging family law matters, including child custody. Call (636) 561-5599 or visit their website to arrange a free consultation with a divorce attorney.