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How Do I Prepare for a Divorce?

So you’ve come to a very difficult realization—your marriage is headed for divorce. You’re probably wondering where to go from here. Going through the motions of divorce is not easy. It can be stressful and take a financial and emotional toll, but there are important steps you can take to ensure that you endure minimal hardships. With the proper preparation you can save yourself time, money, and heartache. Here is a quick guide to making your divorce easier on you and your family.


One of the primary focuses of the divorce process is the management and division of your joint marital assets and debts, as well as coming to an agreement dictating alimony and other forms of spousal support. Organize your financial statements, such as bank accounts, tax returns, vehicle titles, and various credit card, mortgage, and other debts before filing for divorce. This can spare you a big hassle later on in the divorce process.

Come to Terms

Hopefully, you and your spouse are on good enough terms to amicably discuss how you plan on dividing assets, child custody, and who will retain residence at your shared home. Although, this is not always easy, coming to an agreement on any or all of these issues with your spouse will allow you to avoid having the court come to a decision for you. If you are unable to discuss these issues with your spouse, it’s important to know what your ideal outcome is.

Focus on the Children

If you and your spouse have any children, remember that their well-being is the most important consideration. Dealing with divorcing parents is already very difficult on children, but the stressful environment that often results from the divorce process can make it impossible to focus on important developmental activities, such as school and social events. Hiring a divorce attorney with experience mediating between spouses can help keep the stress and tension to a minimum.

Consult a Professional

An essential part of the divorce process is having a qualified divorce attorney on your side who can help you get the results you need. Divorce proceedings are complicated and the laws change frequently. You will want to make sure to hire an attorney who specializes in divorce, so you have peace of mind knowing they are experienced and knowledgeable when it comes to dealing with situations similar to yours.

Consult with an attorney as soon as possible. Every moment that you are not benefiting from the guidance of an attorney can end up costing you. Don’t wait! Contact the experts at ADAM, Michigan’s largest divorce and family law practice, for a free consultation.

About ADAM (American Divorce Association for Men)

The American Divorce Association for Men (ADAM) is a group of highly qualified attorneys who advocate for men’s rights in divorce, child custody and parenting time, paternity, support, property settlement, post judgment modifications, and other family law matters. Since 1988, ADAM has been aggressive, diligent, and uncompromising when representing their clients. A team of compassionate and skilled family law attorneys, ADAM is dedicated to being Michigan’s leading divorce attorneys for men and practices a policy of integrity in all dealings.