One of the most common questions asked about divorce is whether it matters which spouse files first. While several factors influence the outcome of a divorce, the individual who files fist is oftentimes one of them. Please read on and reach out to our experienced firm to learn more about the legal process and the importance of filing first.
There are several reasons you may find it worthwhile to be the first one to file. To start, if you file first, chances are, you’ve had time to prepare. While divorce is an emotional process, you cannot forget–it is also a legal and financial one. For example, if you take the initiative and file first, you will have already allotted a sufficient amount of time to select the right attorney for you. As you go through the divorce process, you will need an attorney who is both compassionate and trustworthy, as well as experienced and aggressive, since your assets may be at stake.
Additionally, when you file first, you give yourself a chance to fill out all the necessary legal paperwork associated with divorce. To get a better idea of why filing first is so important, imagine for a second if it were the other way around. If your spouse one day sprang a divorce on you, you would be left scrambling to catch up, perhaps hiring the first attorney you speak with, and without any real plan in place.
It is also worth noting that very often, divorce proceedings will take place within the jurisdiction of which the divorce was filed. Rather simply, this means that if your spouse is currently living in a different state and he or she files first, you will most likely have to travel back and forth to their location, just to attend court proceedings–yet another reason why you may consider filing first.
Lastly, filing first may save you money in the long run. If you file first, you will have time to create a budget beforehand, perhaps with the assistance of a financial analyst, so you know where you will stand financially once the divorce is final. Oftentimes, spouses will even establish a line of credit before filing. If you have any other questions about the divorce process and how to get started, simply speak with our knowledgeable, compassionate firm.
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Sometimes, divorce, family, and estate matters are difficult to navigate. Fortunately, they do not have to be with the assistance of a compassionate, knowledgeable attorney who is willing to guide you every step of the way. If you need a seasoned firm to help you with any divorce, family or estate-related matter, please do not hesitate to contact Collis & Griffor today to schedule a consultation.