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4 Steps to Take When Preparing for Divorce 

4 Steps to Take When Preparing for Divorce 

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We understand that preparing for a divorce involves more than just paperwork; it’s a journey that requires emotional strength and practical readiness. Let’s navigate these uncharted waters together with these four steps to help you prepare for your divorce: 

1. Gather Financial Information: Before diving into the divorce process, both you and your spouse need a clear picture of your financial situation. Florida courts now allow uncontested divorcing couples to waive the filing of the Family Law Financial Affidavit, which details personal and joint assets. The parties will still be required to exchange the affidavits, so it is best to still collect all relevant documents to make informed decisions about asset distribution.  

2. Determine Incomes: In the divorce process, understanding both you and your spouse’s income is crucial. Whether you’re a salaried employee or self-employed, providing recent paystubs, tax returns, or bank statements helps establish financial clarity. Depending on income level, choose between the Long Form or Short Form Financial Affidavit. If you are uncontested, the financial affidavit will not have to be filed, just simply exchanged with your spouse. 

3. Find a Place to Live: If you share a marital residence, decide if you want to stay or move out. Consider your ability to manage bills and, if applicable, the impact on children. Prioritize their well-being when making housing decisions. 

4. Assemble Your Support Team: You don’t have to face this journey alone. Before you start taking steps to get a divorce, surround yourself with a supportive team of friends and family who can offer emotional, physical, legal, and possibly financial assistance. Having a strong support system makes the divorce process more manageable. 

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