When I started getting into trouble I became pretty acclimated to legal procedures. Calling my attorney and working out bail was just another way to spend a Saturday night. Unfortunately, the stiffer the charges, the more difficult it was to talk my way out of a bad situation. After so many charges, I found myself slapped with a long jail sentence, and I realized that I wanted to turn things around. Fortunately, my lawyer was able to walk me through yet another process, so that I could make the right changes. My blog discusses how to emotionally cope with legal issues so that you can start living a good life.
Most people don't go into the divorce process thinking about all the documentation they will eventually encounter, but it just so happens that you can get a great idea about what to expect by reviewing some of that paperwork ahead of time. You can deal far better with issues when you know about what to expect, so read on for a quick and easy primer on the main divorce documents to expect.
The Legal Separation Agreement
While this may be an optional document in some states, you should reconsider skipping it carefully. This agreement can help take a lot of the uncertainty about the transition period between your decision to part ways and the actual divorce decree and makes things a lot more clear. As a bonus, any provisions decided upon and added to the legal separation agreement can then be used in the divorce agreement. This agreement can address temporary issues like child custody, child support, spousal support, who is responsible for paying what bills and will form a "line in the sand" for credit card spending.
A Parenting Plan
While this term may at first appear to represent an unfamiliar concept, it is really just another way of defining all aspects of divorce that affect your minor children. The sooner you tackle this emotional and potential contentious issue the better, and if you and your spouse can work out some major issues on your own, you will save a lot of time, money and stress later on.
In general, you can go with two main types of parenting plans: shared custody and joint custody. These terms can be confusing, but are different. Shared custody means that both parents take equal amounts of responsibility for the care of the children, sometimes splitting up the custody 50/50. Joint custody means that one parent is chosen to be the primary physical custodian of the children, but with both parents taking part in any important decisions concerning the child. The joint custody plan will require a visitation schedule to ensure that the non-custodial parent spends time with the child.
Tax Documents and Financial Disclosures
You will likely be asked to supply the last few years of tax returns, which you can request directly from the IRS if you don't have access to them. Additionally, you can expect to come in contact with bank statements, investment account statements, deeds and titles to property, life and health insurance policies, wills, and loan documents, so be prepared to these ahead of time.Share