Whether you consider yourself someone who is highly organized or someone who just goes with the flow, if you are getting a divorce, organization can play an important role. You certainly do not want to end up missing an important document or not knowing what you want out of your case and finding yourself wishing you had handled matters differently.
Fortunately, you have various options for keeping important documents and your time organized as your case moves forward. Even if you have not given much thought to organization in the past, these tips could help you achieve your specific goals.
Your time and documents are key factors in your divorce case. As a result, you do not want to be late providing information or documents to your attorney or the court, and you will want to have various documents in an easily accessible location. Some ways organization could help you do that include the following:
- Create a calendar with important dates relating to your case, which could include meetings with legal counsel, court dates, document deadlines and more. A physical calendar or a smartphone app with reminders could help depending on your preference.
- Have a notebook and folder so that you can keep up with documents you have gathered to provide to the court and to keep documents you may receive from your legal counsel.
- A to-do list could also help ensure that you are not relying solely on memory to complete important tasks.
These tips may seem simple, but they could go a long way in ensuring that you do not cause costly delays or forget important matters relating to your case.
Think about your finances
One tip that many individuals in California and elsewhere find most important is to ensure that they have money of their own that is easily accessible. For you, this means opening a bank account in your name only and depositing funds into it, especially if you have a joint account with your soon-to-be ex-spouse. It could also mean closing any joint credit accounts you have with your spouse to ensure that he or she does not run up a high credit bill that you could end up on the hook for.
Though ending a marriage can make it seem as if many aspects of your life are out of control, you could help yourself stay on top of life and case matters by considering these and other tips as well as reaching out for help when needed.