Once you’ve made the decision to file for divorce, you need to begin gathering the documents that you need and organizing your information so that you’re prepared for the process. Here are a few steps to keep in mind so that you don’t feel overwhelmed.

Finances

Collect any financial records that you have in order to prepare for your divorce, such as bank statements, tax returns, credit card statements, and income. While you might not need all of the information that you gather, it’s better to have more information than not enough.

Post office box

One thing that you might not think about doing is getting a post office box. This is beneficial to have so that you know that you receive important documents in the mail. It’s also possible that you could get your mail a little faster since it’s at the post office instead of delivered to your home.

Money

Try to put a little money away each week or whenever you receive a paycheck. There will likely be court fees and money that needs to be paid to an attorney if you choose to hire one for the divorce process. You can also save money for moving if you’re unable to stay in the home and for emergencies in the event that your spouse tries to lock your bank or credit accounts. An option is to open a new checking or savings account in your name only so that no one else has control. One or two credit cards in your name are an option as well for emergency use.

Before you begin completing the paperwork to file for your divorce, there are a few things that you can do so that you’re as prepared as possible.

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