How to Prepare for a Divorce in Oregon

Posted on August 06, 2020 04:52pm
How to Prepare for a Divorce in Oregon

The divorce process can be overwhelming. Clients who take the time to prepare themselves for the various legal obstacles they may encounter often manage their divorce proceedings better than those who avoid this crucial step. While there is much that needs to be done to devise a strong legal strategy to advocate for your best interests, here are a few things you can do to prepare for your divorce.

Important Documents You Need

One of the biggest hassles when going through a divorce is gathering all of the documents needed to prove what you are entitled to for matters like spousal support, child support, and property division. It is best to obtain and organize the following documents as soon as possible:

  • Tax Returns
  • Pay Stubs
  • Certificates of Title for Vehicles
  • Promissory Notes and Deeds of Trust for Property
  • Property Appraisal Documents
  • Notes or Other Loan Documents
  • Monthly Statements for Savings, Money Market, Brokerage, and Retirement Accounts
  • Annual Life Insurance Policy Statements
  • List of Debts for the Divorcing Parties
  • Receipts or Statements for Work-Related Childcare Costs
  • Billing Statements for Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance Premiums

Plan Your Future Finances

In addition to child custody issues, protecting one’s finances during a divorce is a major concern of the clients we serve. For spouses who aren’t in charge of the household finances, this can be a daunting challenge. Here are a few things you can do to prepare your finances for your divorce:

  • Calculate All of Your Forms of Income
  • Determine the Actual Cost of Running a Separate Household
  • Look for Monthly Expenses that Can Be Cut
  • Open Separate Bank, Credit Card, and Retirement Accounts
  • Pay Your Debts as Soon as Possible
  • Determine How Your Divorce Will Impact Your Lifestyle

Experience Divorce Representation

If you are contemplating filing for divorce in Oregon, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team. Our attorneys are compassionate representatives who are ready to promptly handle any difficulties you may encounter during the legal process.

Contact McKinley Irvin to schedule a consultation with one of our divorce attorneys.

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