After several years, you and your spouse have decided to go your separate ways. A divorce is imminent and you’re feeling anxious about the outcome. Being prepared can help alleviate some of this pressure.
Outlined below are a few ways that you can get ready for divorce proceedings.
Establish your property
There are certain items and assets that you and your spouse acquired during the marriage. However, you had your own property portfolio and business activities before you even met your spouse. One of the key aspects of divorce proceedings is property division. In Rhode Island, the family court will attempt to divide marital property in an equitable manner. Assets you had before the marriage really shouldn’t be up for grabs, so it’s important you establish a paper trail and proof of ownership before divorce proceedings begin.
Focus on parenting
You and your spouse have children together and custody will play a significant role in your divorce. Divorce can be difficult and it can be hard to come to terms with the fact that your relationship is over. Some individuals might be tempted to go off the rails in such circumstances, but it’s important that you project a positive image as a parent. The courts may look at evidence of your partying all the time and decide that your spouse should have increased custody rights, with you losing out.
One of the most important preparatory steps you can take for your divorce is seeking legal guidance. This will help ensure that you are treated fairly throughout the entire process.