With the dust of the holidays finally settling, it’s time to move on to other things. For a surprisingly large number of Americans, other things means divorce. Studies show that November and December have the lowest numbers of divorces. Experts say families, especially families with kids, want to stick together during the holidays to maintain traditions and not ruin the holidays for other family members. In contrast, the first quarter is the busiest time of the year for divorce, with March having the most divorce filings. It seems the end of the year is the calm before the storm.
How to Prepare for a Divorce
If you think you might be getting a divorce soon, here are a few tips to keep in mind as you prepare for this major life change.
- Financial Records– Start getting all your financial records in order. This process takes a while, so it’s best to get a head start. It’s a good idea to keep these records at a trusted friend or family member’s house instead of your own home.
- PO Box– This will keep your mail secure, which will come in handy if you’re getting mail from your lawyer regarding the divorce. If you’ll be moving after everything is finalized, a PO box will also help the transition process.
- Bank Account- If you have joint bank accounts, you’ll need to open up new checking and savings accounts for yourself. Talk to your lawyer about how much money you should withdraw from your joint accounts to deposit in your new accounts.
- Credit Report– Get a copy of your credit report as soon as possible and sign up for a credit monitoring program. This will make sure your spouse isn’t taking out loans in your name.
- Lawyer- The most helpful thing you can do to prepare for your divorce is call a lawyer as soon as possible. This will make the process go much smoother. Using an experienced divorce lawyer like the lawyers at Baysinger, Henson, Reimer & Cresswell, is the best thing you can do.