What Are The First Steps To Take When Considering Divorce?

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I have been in a struggling marriage and am not sure it can be saved. What are the first steps I should take when considering divorce?


While I am only licensed to practice in Virginia, I can give you some general observations on this issues based on the jurisdiction where I do practice.

Where I do practice in Virginia, I generally advise clients that the first thing to do in a divorce is to start planning for the divorce before ever filing any documents. What this means, is to make sure that your bank accounts are in order so that one party is unable to take all the money, make sure that you know which personal property items you would like to keep, and if you are thinking about leaving the home, make sure you have somewhere to go. While this may all seem very rudimentary, proper planning can prevent a lot of the perils of divorce.

If there are children involved, you also may want to formulate a plan on what type of custody you will want before leaving. If you are going to seek full custody, it may be advantageous to have your spouse leave the home.

Divorce and child custody/support is very fact-specific and requires a specialized knowledge of local law. For these reasons I would suggest you contact an attorney who specializes in family law matters in your jurisdiction.

Remember, I am unable to provide you with anything more than tips on divorce, so please contact an attorney in your jurisdiction to obtain specific advice.

To arrange an initial consultation to discuss divorce rights for men with a Cordell & Cordell attorney, contact Cordell & Cordell.

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Shawn Garrison is an Online Editor for Lexicon, focusing on subjects related to the legal services of customers, Cordell & Cordell and Cordell & Cordell UK. He has written countless pieces dealing with the unique child custody and divorce issues that men and fathers face. Through his work on CordellCordell.com, CordellCordell.co.uk, and DadsDivorce.com, Mr. Garrison has become an authority on the complexities of the legal experience and was a content creator for the YouTube series “Dad’s Divorce Live” and additional videos on both the Dad’s Divorce and Cordell & Cordell YouTube channels. Mr. Garrison has managed the sites of these customers, and fostered the creation of several of their features, including the Cordell & Cordell attorney and office pages, the Dad’s Divorce Newsletter, and the Cordell & Cordell newsletter.

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