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Considering divorce? Being prepared may alleviate the stress

Going through a divorce is never easy, especially if it is the first time. The circumstances of every family are unique, and the challenges faced by friends and family during their divorces may differ from those you may have to face. The uncertainty of what to expect may cause high levels of stress that can be avoided by learning how the divorce system works. An experienced California divorce attorney may be able to prepare you for what is to come, from the time you are considering divorce through the proceedings and into your new single life.

Typically, the first step is to gather all joint financial documents such as bank statements, tax returns, insurance policies and investment accounts, along with loan agreements, mortgage liens or real estate deeds. In the time leading up to the divorce, you may want to open an independent bank account and credit card. This will save you having to deal with it when joint accounts are closed by one or both parties. Because California is a community property state, those individual accounts may be regarded as community property, and it is generally wise to maintain proper record keeping.

Another considerable advantage of having a lawyer on your side during the preparation for divorce is the access you may have to other professionals. These may include financial advisors, therapists and mediators. Having the support of a team of experienced professionals may alleviate much of the stress during the time leading up to the divorce. 

After getting familiar with your circumstances during the time you are considering divorce, your attorney will be better able to advise you on the type of divorce filing that may be suitable. Whether it is litigation in a California court, mediation or a collaborative divorce that is ultimately chosen, the attorney will support you every step of the way. Being prepared and aware of the legal proceedings that will follow may put you in the powerful position of being in control of your future.

Source:, "You're getting a divorce, now what?", Carlos Blanco, Accessed on March 21, 2015

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