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Preparing for a divorce

Couples in North Carolina who file for divorce in January are part a trend in which divorce filings tend to peak immediately after the new year. According to some estimates, one out of every five married couples contemplates whether to get a divorce when the holidays end. Those filing for a divorce may benefit from taking certain steps as they prepare to speak with a divorce attorney.

Getting their financial information in order should be one of the first things individuals should do when they are ready to get divorced. Although year-end financial information may not be available until the end of January or the beginning of February, the final pay stubs of the year still have important information that a divorce attorney may use to determine how to handle financial issues. It is also useful for potential clients to obtain copies of their credit card bills, bank statements and previous tax returns. Credit reports for both spouses may also be useful in identifying any debts about which they are not aware.

It is also necessary for divorcing individuals to become acquainted with the divorce laws in the state in which they reside. Reliable information can be easily located on the websites for the state courts and the state's bar association. To make the most out of their initial consultation with their attorney, individuals should create a list of questions that pertain to the unique factors of their divorce case.

An attorney who practices divorce law may advise clients about which legal avenues to pursue to obtain a desirable outcome regarding issues such as alimony or child support. Litigation may be used to resolve disputes regarding spousal support, property division, child custody, visitation plans, parenting time and post-divorce modifications.

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