Preparing for Your Divorce
In all our years as a locally vested divorce lawyer in Seattle, we have been involved with family law cases of all sorts and severities. Regardless of the unique circumstances surrounding your need for a divorce lawyer in Seattle, there are several generalities that tend to apply to many people going through a divorce situation. The most important generality, at least from a legal standpoint, is to retain the services of a dedicated, supportive and caring divorce lawyer in Seattle. But this is only one step of a multifaceted process. The other steps include:
- Getting your records together. We will need your current financial information in order to get a good idea of where you stand on your own, as well as with your estranged spouse. Some common information a divorce lawyer in Seattle, and the court, need to see includes bank statements; state and federal tax returns; credit card, loan, and mortgage debt documents; insurance plans; real estate evaluations, and more.
- Compiling your resources and support. Divorce means your life is going to irreparably change. Beyond a reliable divorce lawyer in Seattle to help you through the legal process, make sure you gather trusted family and friends to help provide the emotional support you need during this time. Also, and possibly with the help of your support, get your current finances, living situation and any other pertinent daily concerns into order.
- Doing your parenting homework. For divorce cases involving children, it is extremely important to research the effects family breakups can have on the most vulnerable and impressionable of all parties. This includes how to best introduce your children to the topic of divorce, how to honestly answer their questions in terms they can understand, and how best to support the emotions they will experience during this time.
- Exercising self love, acceptance and forgiveness. During a time of serious emotional distress and life upheaval like divorce, we plead with you to please be gentle and caring with yourself. You cannot heal or grow if you do not give yourself the space to do so… and you (along with your children, loved ones or anyone else who cares about you) are relying on you to come through this experience a better person than you entered it.