Getting through the divorce process with a checklist

As with most things in life making the decision to end a marriage or a common law relationship may take some planning. British Columbia married couples who have made the decision to divorce may find it helpful to have a road map of some sort as they move ahead as single individuals. Having a checklist of the things that need to be done may help the divorce process to be less complicated and less time-consuming.

Divorce is already fraught with what are often volatile emotions, so knowing what needs to be done can be a source of comfort in a trying time. First on the list should be the gathering of important documents such as bank account statements, copies of tax returns, credit card information, mortgage papers, wills, insurance policies, etc. It's necessary to cancel all joint credit cards and bank accounts and to pay off any debts incurred in both names, if that is financially feasible. Establishing individual credit is also important, so obtaining a solo credit card may be a wise idea.

Since most individuals will be moving from a two to a one-income household, putting off major financial decisions and purchases might be wise. Continuing to pay bills even if the going gets tough may also help the financial picture. If a soon-to-be former spouse is amenable, this is the time to discuss major issues like child custody and support and if help is needed, consider enlisting a mediator.

Divorce is rarely easy. A British Columbia lawyer may be able to help a client by offering advice on what should be done to help the process along. Having a handle on those things that need to be taken care of right away may ease the stress somewhat. A lawyer is in a position to help a client through the legalities of divorce and may be able to help a client to do what needs to be done in a timely, logical manner.

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