For many clients, the end of the marriage does not truly feel “real” until the divorce papers are served. Many experience mental or emotional shock and have difficulty taking the next steps. It’s tempting to ignore the paperwork and have an “out of sight, out of mind” attitude, but there are some crucial steps you need to take right away.
1. Contact Your Attorney
The sooner your attorney knows that you are facing a divorce, the better prepared they can be to advocate for you. If you don’t have an attorney yet, set up consultations with reputable lawyers as soon as possible.
Call (720) 879-1114 today for a consultation with an experienced and effective Denver divorce attorney at The Datz Law Firm. We understand how difficult and stressful this period of your life can be, and you deserve to have someone to advocate for your rights. Contact us today!
2. Study the Divorce Papers
As we mentioned, there may be a temptation to put the paperwork in a drawer and try to forget about the divorce. However, this is not your best option. You need to look over the papers yourself and again with your lawyer to avoid being surprised at the end of the process. You also need to take note of any legal obligations you may need to fulfill.
3. Remember Important Dates with a Calendar
Time is of the essence when it comes to having an equitable divorce. There will be many deadlines and dates you’ll have to remember. Set these up on your smartphone calendar or a paper calendar, and set reminders if possible. Missing dates or tardiness to appointments will reflect poorly on your character and may hurt your case during the proceedings.
4. Gather Necessary Documents
Bank account history, pay stubs, mortgage paperwork, records of household bills, investment profiles, and more will be relevant to your divorce. The sooner you have these documents in hand, the sooner your attorney will be able to use them to mediate your case. The more details, the better in these cases, so do not hold back on the documentation!
5. Meet with Your Attorney
Now that you have contacted an attorney, assembled your paperwork, and have a general idea of your timeline, it’s time to set up a meeting with your lawyer to determine the best plan of action. Your attorney’s goal is to advance your best interests, so he or she will work closely with you through the entire divorce process.
Being served with divorce papers is jarring. Even if you were anticipating divorce, once it becomes a reality, it can be challenging to know what steps to take. The Datz Law Firm is Broomfield, Colorado’s premier resource for experienced family law attorneys. Call (720) 879-1114 today for a consultation!