Couples in North Carolina probably never expect that their marriages will come to an end when they’re walking down the aisle. Unfortunately, not every relationship is successful. If you’re on the verge of ending your marriage, you may not have anticipated it. However, there are a few things you can do to save time and money before you begin the divorce process.
Understand where you stand financially
Make sure you get a fair share during your divorce settlement negotiations by understanding where you and your soon-to-be-ex both stand financially. Round up important documents such as:
- Bank account statements
- Tax records
- Pay stubs
Hire the right lawyer
If you and your spouse can settle issues on your own, your divorce may be easier and less costly than if you went to court. If that’s not the case, make sure you hire the right family law attorney who’s willing to guide you through each step of the process. Interview different lawyers until you find the right person. You should feel comfortable around your attorney and know that your voice is being heard.
If you’re still on the fence, protect your assets
Not sure that you’re entirely ready to call it quits? Consider drafting a postnuptial agreement to protect your assets. A postnup is similar to a prenup, but it’s created after you’re already married. This document spells out how you and your spouse will handle finances and assets if you decide to end your marriage in the future. This can give you more time and space to try to resolve your differences while having a little extra peace of mind.
Thinking about divorce can be difficult. If you decide to end your marriage, use the above tips to make it as easy as possible.