Maybe you have made the brave decision to get a divorce. It can take years for some to reach the conclusion that their marriage is no longer a healthy situation and take official action to move on.
Now that you have made the big step of choosing your course of action, there are more and more questions to address. Depending on your specific situation, your emotional state, your relationship with your spouse, etc., you will answer those questions differently than another person going through the same process.
What are the concerns most divorcing men and women have at the beginning of the process?
A common concern is how long the process might take. In Kansas, a basic rule to understand is that there is a required 60-day waiting period between the filing of a case and when a court will hear it. The process often takes longer due to the time it often takes for parties to agree on or dispute terms of their divorce. Also, the courts are busy and, therefore, might take more time to hear and conclude your family’s case.
Another natural question from divorcing parties is, “What do you need from me?” Sure, divorce is an emotional process, but it is also a formal and legal one. This means that on top of the emotions you might be juggling and the decisions you are trying to make, you also have to provide certain official documentation for your divorce attorney and the court. These documents include the following and more:
- Personal tax returns
- Business tax returns
- Earnings statements
- List of assets
- Credit report
These are just some of the things an attorney will need and want from you in order to best serve your interests in your divorce. Divorce is a family-changing thing, but it is a financial change as well. Providing your lawyer with the most up-to-date and thorough information he or she needs is your best bet toward achieving a future without your spouse, but still with a sense of the security you deserve.