If you have just been served with Divorce papers, or you are contemplating filing for divorce, then you probably have a lot on your mind.

Here are four simple tips regarding the early stages of filing for divorce:

  1. Avoid confrontation as much as possible, this includes both verbal and physical. There is little to be gained, and much to be lost, from heated arguments with your soon to be ex-spouse.
  2. Seek professional counseling, if necessary. You need a mental health professional to work through your emotional issues related to divorce. Additionally, relying on your attorney to give this type of advice may strain the relationship and run up your legal bill unnecessarily.
  3. Set goals for what you hope to get out of the divorce, those that are negotiable, and those that are not. Having a framework in mind from the beginning can help your attorney prioritize your case and can also help ensure that you and your attorney are on the same page.
  4. Make sure you hire an attorney that 1) specializes in Family Law; 2) is local; and 3) that you feel comfortable working with. This is potentially a long term relationship (perhaps several years), and you want to feel confident that you are hiring someone experienced in the area. Additionally, having a local lawyer means they are well versed in the local courts, and you can minimize additional costs for travel time.

Search for a Divorce lawyer in your area and schedule an initial consultation today. Your attorney can walk you through the various aspects of a divorce and advise you what steps to take next.