Helping You Prepare For Divorce
No matter how long you have been married, navigating the divorce process is often challenging. Laying out important information as soon as possible allows you to protect your rights and preserve what matters most early in the divorce process.
At Candace M. Williams, P.C., I understand the importance of being prepared. I am dedicated to helping clients in the Gainesville area prepare for divorce, create a strong foundation for their legal strategy during the divorce process and begin the next phase of their life with confidence. Divorce can be complex, and I stand with my clients at every stage of the process.
What Documents Should You Collect?
Receiving your fair share during property division often depends on your knowledge of the assets and debts that the court will divide. Collecting documentation regarding your finances is an important first step to prepare for divorce. This documentation can include:
- Information about you and your spouse’s income, including recent tax returns
- Documentation about your current assets, including the savings in your bank account and retirement account
- List of assets in your stock portfolio and additional stock options
- Appraisals of your home, jointly owned business and other valuable property
- Statements regarding your debts, including mortgage payments, medical bills and loan statements
- A record of your monthly expenses
- Relevant legal agreements, including a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement
In addition to the assets named in a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement, you should document the property you and your spouse each brought into the marriage. This helps ensure that you know which property the court will not divide during the divorce process.
What Are The Next Steps You Should Take?
Your marriage and family are unique, and your approach to divorce should center on the things that matter most to you, such as financial details like the division of your retirement accounts or compensation for the time that one spouse spent out of the workforce to contribute to the household. You may also want to consider continued health care coverage or spousal support if one spouse earned less than the other.
If you have children, you should also carefully consider important decisions about your children. What child custody and support arrangement do you believe will best meet their needs? How will you handle visitation, including visitation with their grandparents? How will you and your spouse handle expenses related to their health care and education? What religious upbringing will your children have? Discussing these questions helps you provide a more consistent home life to your children.
How Can You Get Answers To Your Questions?
The divorce process can be challenging, but the right attorney can provide clarity and straightforward guidance. I offer answers to my clients’ questions and take a detail-oriented approach that ensures that my clients’ strategy addresses all the points that are most important to them.