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Preparing for a Divorce

When you have decided to file for a divorce, you will need to take some steps in order to get the process started and to ensure it moves as quickly and seamlessly as possible. While these preparation ideas can help, there is no substitution for a skilled San Francisco divorce attorney, so if you have any questions, please call The Law Office of Randall A. Richmond.

Know The Laws
Divorce laws change from state to state. In California, you will be party to a no-fault, communal property divorce settlement. This means that it doesn’t matter who is responsible for the divorce or who earned more money during the divorce. If you both put effort and work into the marriage, your property will be divided equally. If you are involved in a multi-state divorce or if you have a pre- or post-nuptial agreement that affects your marriage, these rules may be superseded and you should speak with a skilled San Francisco divorce lawyer about your separation.

Prepare Records
The court will need to know how valuable certain pieces of property are so that they can be divided fairly. Collect any deeds or receipts for large purchases made during your marriage. Make a copy for your spouse and give your copies to your San Francisco divorce attorney. If you have financial records for your pets, these can be particularly important because they may help the court decide who gets to keep the animals.

Talk to someone
While you will get quite a bit of support from your San Francisco divorce lawyer if you work with our firm, it is still advisable to speak with a skilled therapist about your situation. If nothing else, at least talk to your friends and family members who can give you the support you need through this difficult time.

Consider the Kids
It is generally advisable to talk to your spouse about the children and work out a joint custody plan that will work for everyone involved. While you can do this in court, this method can help ensure that everyone gets an agreement they are happy with. Review Your Marriage Agreement If you were party to a prenuptial agreement, you should see exactly what it says will happen in the event of a divorce. If you have any questions, discuss them with your San Francisco divorce attorney.

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San Francisco, CA 94102
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