The end of a marriage will bring inevitable financial changes for both spouses, and it is important to seek terms that allow a California spouse to have a strong financial future. One critical component to this is preparing well for the process ahead. Preparation is the key to ensuring that a spouse is prepared to navigate the transitions ahead and pursue a reasonable final property division order.
Steps to adequate financial preparation
Organizing one’s finances and documents can help one prepare for divorce and help prepare for what is ahead. While each financial situation is different, the following steps may be useful in the effort to accomplish this:
- Look at recurring expenses and determine which spouse is responsible for them.
- Find all important financial documents, organize them carefully and keep them secure.
- Take stock of all assets and determine whether they are marital assets or separate.
It may also be helpful to speak with a financial professional about the potential financial implications of a divorce. If the two California spouses can do so, they may benefit from doing this financial preparation together.
The best possible outcome
A spouse facing a divorce has the right to fight for the best possible outcome. Financial preparation provides one with the tools necessary to understand what his or her property rights are and what his or her fair share of marital property should be. It will be beneficial to navigate this complex process with the assistance of an experienced legal ally.