What to do Before Filing for Divorce

Filing for divorce can be a difficult process to reverse, even if you change your mind. That’s why it’s important to be absolutely sure you want a divorce before filing. While the divorce itself can prove to be a trying and emotional process, your decision to get a divorce should be made with a clear head and an awareness of the proceedings to come.

Here are 8 things you should do before you decide to file for divorce:

  • Interview attorneys. You should consult with at least 3 family and divorce law attorneys and explain your situation before you file. Having an experienced family law attorney on your side that you trust can be a huge asset throughout the divorce process.
  • Determine your living situation. Where do you wish to live during the divorce proceedings? Are you going to move out, or do you wish your spouse to move out? If you move out first and then later decide you want your spouse to move out instead, it can be difficult to reverse.
  • Gather documents. Car notes, bank account records, bills and mortgages are important documents in a divorce. Do your best to acquire copies of these documents before filing.
  • Determine what you own and what you owe. Having a clear idea about you and your spouses’ finances is essential before filing for divorce. Make a list of assets, such as your home, car, bank accounts, inheritances, and valuables. Also, request a credit report and review any outstanding debts.
  • Apply for a new line of credit. If you and your spouse have joint credit, you will want to apply for a new line of credit in your name.
  • Make purchases or sales. Once your divorce proceedings begin, it’s unlikely you will be permitted to sell or buy anything of significant value until a decision has been reached. If you’ve been planning on selling your car, for example, do it before you file for divorce.
  • Review your online presence. Take down any photos or comments on your social media platforms that could be used against you in your divorce.
  • Be careful about dating. How you behave leading up to and during your divorce can have an influence on the outcome. It doesn’t look good to a judge if you’re behaving like a single person in the time leading up to your divorce.

Reach out to a Skilled New Jersey Family Law Attorney

If you have questions about divorce in New Jersey, don’t hesitate to contact the Law Offices of Steven M. Cytryn at (732) 214-1103 and discuss your case. We will advocate for you throughout the divorce process.

Steven M. Cytryn
About the Author: Steven Cytryn
Steven M. Cytryn is the Managing Member of The Law Office of Steven M. Cytryn, LLC, and primarily focuses his practice on divorce and family law matters.