5 Steps to Prepare for Divorce

By Jonathan Fogel

  1. Protect Your Children
    Think of your children first. Schedule meetings to discuss the divorce with your spouse outside of the household and seek a family therapist to help the children through the process.
  2. Organize Your Financials
    Make copies of past tax statements, bank statements, etc. and keep that file outside the house. Sever joint bank accounts and don’t overspend!

  3. Organize Non-Monetary Assets
    This means taking an inventory of family heirlooms that have been handed down. Look for that wedding gift list!
  4. Educate Yourself
    Find an attorney who specializes in family law and preferably has a network of individuals to get you and your family through this process including therapists, accountants, insurance agents, etc.
  5. Take Care of Yourself
    This is an extremely stressful time for all involved and it is important to find a support network you can trust to lean on throughout the process.

Jonathan Fogel of Fogel Law Offices is a Minnesota attorney with extensive experience handling divorces involving complex marital estates, spousal maintenance, custody, and post decree matters.

In addition to his successful practice, he has authored a book Preparing for Divorce While Happily Married; Tips from a Divorce Lawyer.

Note: The information here is not meant to be a substitute for legal advice, please consult with trusted legal counsel.

Updated 3/2010