Divorce isn’t right for everyone, and before you choose to divorce, you have to make sure you’re positive that it’s what you want. Many people feel that divorce is the only option to make their lives better, but there are some questions you need to consider before you file your divorce petition.
To start with, you should ask yourself if you are financially stable enough to go through the divorce. Do you have your own savings, bank accounts or credit cards to help you get through the divorce if your shared accounts are locked? Do you have somewhere to go or a place to live if you suggest a divorce to your spouse? You need to prepare far in advance if a divorce is what you want, or you could find yourself strapped for cash and struggling to get by.
Another thing to ask yourself is how your spouse will handle your request for a divorce. Are they likely to be aggressive? Will they lock you out of your shared assets or prevent you from having access to documents? If you can, plan in advance by getting copies of your financial documents and photos of all your assets, so you have documentation of your own on hand.
You can meet with your attorney prior to filing for divorce so that you can make a plan for how to move forward. Taking some preventative steps can help stop your divorce from being complicated or from causing you distress due to having little access to your assets or to important documents needed for negotiation.