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The process of filing for a divorce can seem daunting. This is often a very emotional time and often people don’t know where to start.

When you begin the process of filing for a divorce, there are a few things that you should do.


  1. Change your passwords.

This includes on your phone, computer, your email, your social media, anything that is yours and private that your spouse may have had access to. However, you should not change passwords to things you and your spouse own together, like a joint bank account. You should consult your divorce attorney about which passwords you should and should not change.


  1. Gather financial records.

When filing for divorce you need to gather important financial documents such as your bank account records, joint credit card account numbers, car notes, tax returns, and mortgages. You should make copies of these documents and give them to your attorney for safe keeping. You should do this before serving your spouse with divorce papers otherwise they may make them difficult for you to get ahold of.


  1. Change your beneficiaries.

When you get divorced, your will and insurance policies are not automatically changed. If you do not want your spouse receiving anything from your estate, when you get divorced you need to change your will. You can re-do a will at anytime, there are no restrictions. You also need to look at the beneficiaries for your insurance policies, certificate of deposits, and retirement accounts.


Taking the first steps are often the hardest, but you don’t have to do it alone. The most important thing is that you remain calm and keep a clear head. If you need to speak with a divorce attorney, call us at Gathings Law. We have decades of experience and we’re ready to put our expertise to work for you. We’re here to help you every step of the way and will work in your best interest. The initial consultation is always free.

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