By Amanda Vann, Esq., 301-563-6685
The holidays have come and gone, and while you have gotten through them, you know it’s time for a change and you’ve come to the decision to end your marriage and move forward with a divorce. While difficult, the decision requires you to take steps to give you the smoothest transition and ensure the outcome is one that you are ready for. Here are steps that you should think about when moving forward with your new resolution and towards divorce:
- Educate yourself on how the process of divorce works in your state. Each state has a different process and procedure, which you should have a basic understanding of to be prepared.
- Be prepared to have significant changes to your finances until settlement has been reached and legal fees are no longer being incurred. This may require you to cut back on your spending and even borrowing money from friends or family until all marital assets are divided, and your new budget is established.
- Have a consultation with an attorney to manage your expectations and educate yourself on what to expect during the process. Prepare questions that you have and use your consultation time to develop a plan of how best to move forward.
- Come up with a list that addresses your custody and visitation wants, as well as the division of marital property, that you can discuss with your attorney. Be prepared to be flexible and give a lot of thought to the practical application of any custody agreements and financial changes.
- Go through your estate planning and think about what changes you will need to make once you are divorced. Ensure that you consult with your divorce attorney about what is and isn’t possible and how your divorce can impact your estate planning.
- Get an entire team in place to support you and your children through the process. This will include:
- Consult with doctors on your physical well-being. Obtain a therapist to discuss the emotional toll that going through a divorce will take on you.
- Working with a therapist can help you not make decisions based upon your emotions that you may regret later on.
- Meet with a financial advisor who will assist you with establishing a new budget and the steps you need to take to ensure you can live within your new budget.
- Whether you have a home to sell or will be renting a new home, work with a real estate agent who will assist with the transition.
Following these steps can make your divorce more manageable and help you reach your end goal of being divorced and moving forward with your life. The attorneys at Andalman and Flynn will advocate for your behalf and will ensure you are educated about the process and how your divorce will impact your life moving forward. Make us a part of your team. Contact me, Amanda Vann, to get started.
About Andalman & Flynn, P.C.: Founded in 1998 in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland, Andalman & Flynn has forged a distinguished reputation for legal excellence. The firm represents individuals seeking disability benefits throughout the country and practices family law throughout Maryland and the District of Columbia. The firm focuses on cases that impact the rights of everyone, and are there for clients when responsive legal help is most critical. The firm has provided legal analysis on national and local television and radio, and their attorneys often testify before legislative bodies and are routinely invited to contribute to prominent legal publications. For more information about Andalman & Flynn, please visit the website at andalmanflynn.com/ or call 301.563.6685