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3 Important Things to Do Before Filing for Divorce

DivorceThere are far too many people make important decisions, related to their divorce based on emotions. Regardless of if you are facing a mutual, contested or collaborative divorce, a quality Florida divorce attorney, can help. They can ensure that you and your spouse start the process off on the right foot. This will be extremely beneficial in the long run.

Understand Your Finances

If you have joint accounts with your spouse, which includes credit cards, loans or something else, you need to have a clear understanding of your financial situation before you file for divorce. During the actual divorce proceedings, you are going to have to make an equitable division of all your marital assets. If you know that you are headed toward divorce, then it is a good idea to discuss all of your joint finances ahead of time. This is a critical step on the path to having a clean break from your spouse.

Take some time to sit down together and make a list of what you own and what you own. Also, take inventory of all of your valuable assets, including pension plans, boats, cars, properties and other types of valuable items. It is also a good idea to get a copy of your credit report. This will give you a clear understanding of what accounts are in your name.

Stay in the House or Move Out?

One of the most commonly asked question that divorce attorneys in Florida get is whether or not they should move out of their house. In most cases, it is best to remain in the home, unless that is a history of domestic violence. If you are going to want to keep your home, and you move out, you may lose the ability you have to negotiate keeping it. This means you need to weight your options very carefully. It is a good idea to discuss the options you have with your attorney.

Hire a Qualified Florida Divorce Attorney

With Facebook, Yelp, and Google bombarding you with attorney options, it may seem overwhelming to find the right attorney for your situation. However, by seeking some referrals from others and taking your time to meet a few attorneys in your local area, you are going to be able to find the right person to represent your case.

Remember, this is a person that is going to need to know personal information about your life and family. If you want to be comfortable, you don’t need just to hire the first attorney you find. Instead, schedule consultations with several options to ensure you choose the right person.

If you are facing a divorce and want to ensure your rights and assets are protected, you need to hire a divorce attorney. Contact the attorneys from The Estevez-Pazos Law Firm, P.A. by calling 305-717-7130. They can help ensure your rights are protected and that you get the most desirable outcome for your divorce case, which can be difficult without legal representation.

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