Preparing for divorce is never easy. The emotional part of the divorce is different for everyone and you shouldn’t expect to feel exactly as someone else did when they went through their divorce. In this article, we are going to talk about the paperwork of your divorce, not the emotional part.
One of the best things you can do to prepare for your divorce is buy a binder and begin to keep copies of all of the paperwork you submit to the courts. Buy dividers and label each section of your notebook so you can easily find the information you need. Make copies of all insurance policies, retirement plans, bank statements, bills and pay stubs and put them in your binder. Every time you give your spouse a message, write down exactly what was said and make sure it is dated. Add that information to your notebook.
When you get papers from your lawyer or the court, make sure you keep copies of them before you send them back. Any time you submit information to your lawyer, spouse or the court, keep a copy and make sure you date when it was sent and what address (or fax number) you used. Keep receipts for any home repairs you had to make and for anything related to your children.
All of this may seem to be a little over the top, but if you need any of the information at a later date, you will be happy you have your binder. When you go to court, it can be very helpful to have an organized binder so you can easily show the judge proof for any statements you make. The time it takes to get and stay organized will be well worth it.
Even after your divorce is finalized, keep your binder up to date. Make sure you have copies of all court documents in your binder. You should keep the certified documents in a safe place and only use copies in the binder that you may be taking from place to place and which may be lost. This is also a great place to keep your spouse’s information, such as insurance information if they have to carry insurance on the children.
It is not fun to gather and keep all of this information up to date, but it will make your life easier in the long run. Your divorce will affect the rest of your life and knowing all of your information is organized in one place can give you peace of mind.
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