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How to Protect Yourself Before a Divorce

If you've been seriously contemplating divorce, have served your spouse with divorce papers, or have been served divorce papers by your spouse, you may experience a myriad of emotions. You'll likely feel upset, confused, angry, and disappointed. However, no matter how emotionally taxing the divorce process is for you, it's important to know how to protect yourself before your marriage ends.

Alimony Preparations

One of the main concerns divorcing individuals have is alimony. Alimony are funds that one spouse pays to another after a divorce. In most cases, the spouse who makes the most money must pay the spouse who has a smaller income or served as the stay-at-home parent for the family. It's best to request alimony before you are granted a divorce. If you request alimony during the divorce proceedings or after the divorce is final, the courts may not grant your request.

Dividing Non-Marital Assets

It's also a good idea to separate your non-marital assets once you're sure that you want to divorce. If you have property, valuable items, or a business that you possessed before getting married, work with a lawyer to protect these items once your marriage ends. You should also establish your own line of credit in preparation for divorce. When you have your own credit, you can make large purchases such as a home or a car without the consent or approval of your soon-to-be ex-spouse.

Child Custody

Child custody is a major component of divorce as well. Creating a child custody plan that details where your children will live and where they will spend holidays and summers is vital. Write your custody plan down when you're planning for divorce, and discuss the custody terms with your spouse to diffuse any disagreements.

Once you've determined the terms of your divorce, talk to a lawyer who can fully explain the terms with you. Divorce can be a challenging process, and finding the right legal representation helps expedite the process and reduce stress.

If you’re considering beginning the divorce process, contact Epperson Law Group, PLLC at (704) 200-9278 for a case consultation today.