Don’t file for divorce until you’ve prepared yourself

On Behalf of | Oct 30, 2020 | Family Law

The divorce process can become a competitive fight between spouses, with each party trying to get the best possible outcome for themselves. While some divorcing couples are able to be amicable toward each other and can sensibly talk through the future steps, others have a battle that can become extremely complex.

You know your spouse better than anyone. If you want to divorce them but know that they are likely to become retaliative in the divorce process, it is even more important that you prepare yourself before filing. Protect yourself by doing all of the groundwork before informing them of your intention to file for divorce. The following are some ways in which you can do this.

Know your legal rights

If you intend to file for divorce in Oregon, you should be aware of the specific laws that will apply to you. For example, in Oregon, community property is not recognized, meaning that marital assets at divorce are divided in accordance with equitable distribution rules, or by what’s “fair” to each spouse.

Understand household incomes

Before filing for divorce, you should gather as many financial documents as you can that relate to both of your incomes, as well as major expenses and debts such as the mortgage on your home.

Identify marital assets

Some spouses try to hide marital assets when they file for divorce. Before your spouse has the chance to do this, you should try to identify all of the marital assets you share.

If you are unhappy in your marriage, learn more about the divorce options available to you before you make your next move. A consultation with an attorney can help you figure out a plan.