The COVID-19 pandemic has placed considerable stress on many marriages and exposed issues that prove to be too much for some couples. If you are considering filing for divorce, there are some steps that you can take during the pandemic to prepare for this big step in your life. At the Law Offices of David L. Hirschberg, our Boca Raton divorce attorneys understand how difficult of a time this is and are here to provide a wide range of legal services for our clients. To learn more about how to prepare to file for divorce, call or contact our office today to schedule a consultation.
Make Copies of Legal Documents
The first step in preparing for divorce is making copies of all important legal documents. This includes, but is not limited to, copies of your marriage certificate, any prenuptial or postnuptial agreements, licenses, trust documentation, estate plans, driver’s licenses, and any other legal documents that may be difficult to obtain copies of once the divorce proceedings begin.
Figure Out Your Finances
This is the time to also figure out your finances before the divorce petition is filed with the courts. You should try to make copies of all important financial documents, such as bank account numbers, credit card statements, mortgage documents, investments, retirement accounts, pensions, business interests, and the like. In addition, you need to keep track of your and the household’s monthly expenses, as this will be used to determine the proper amount of spousal support during and after your divorce.
Set up Separate Accounts
You can also take this time during the pandemic to set up separate accounts from your spouse. This includes a separate P.O. Box to send and receive confidential legal documentation about the divorce in addition to a separate email account for any digital correspondence or paperwork. You should also change the passwords on any current accounts, such as social media, online subscriptions, and email accounts so your spouse cannot access them. If possible, you should also set up separate bank accounts and begin saving money that you will need to cover expenses once the divorce process begins.
Hire an Attorney
One final step in preparation for filing for divorce is hiring a top quality divorce attorney to protect and assert your legal interests. An experienced Florida divorce attorney can ensure that when the time comes to file the petition for a dissolution of marriage the process will be as smooth and as fast as possible, saving you time and money with the case. By going over your preparation with your lawyer during the pandemic, your attorney can advise you on any missing documentation and the next steps in your case.
Call or Contact Our Office
If you would like to speak with a knowledgeable Florida divorce attorney about how to prepare for divorce during the pandemic, call or contact the Law Offices of David L. Hirschberg today to schedule a consultation at our office in Boca Raton.