Making the decision to divorce can be a conflicting process. Though many factors must be considered when moving forward with Utah divorce, there are four important things to consider before you take action towards divorce. Considering these key points help you feel good about your decision:
1. Talk to a Marriage Coach or Counselor
A trained individual may be able to save your marriage. Even if you don’t think there’s hope for the marriage, divorce counseling can help you discover what went wrong, how to cope, and how to pick up the pieces and go on. If your spouse is not willing to participate, you can still go individually. At Common Ground divorce mediation, we offer a variety of coaching services before, during, and after the divorce process.
2. Talk to a Divorce Mediator First
Even if you don’t end up hiring a mediator to handle your divorce, it’s important you gain as much information as you can before you even discuss divorce with your spouse. Utah divorce laws can make even the simplest situation confusing. It’s important you understand your options ahead of time.
3. Wait to Move Out of the Marital Home Until After You Talk to a Mediator
Leaving the marital house without a good reason may cause you to pay alimony or may result in your inability to collect alimony. If you leave the house, you may also be unable to return. Therefore, we recommend you stay in the house until after you talk with a mediator.
4. Take Steps to Protect Your Assets.
It’s important you take preventative measures to protect your property and assets. Perhaps the easiest way to do this is through meeting with a experienced Utah divorce mediator. It’s important for one to take possession of certain assets during separation that you wish to be using, such as furniture, clothing, vehicles, and other assets that might be liquidated by your spouse.
Other steps you can take financially to protect yourself in divorce include:
- Closing or freezing joint credit cards
- Closing joint bank accounts and opening a new account in your own name
- Change the name of the responsible party on utility and other bills
While this list will help you get started, it is best to meet with a mediation professional if you are considering a divorce. At Common Ground, we are here to help. Please reach out to us today for your FREE consultation.