Getting yourself organized to tackle the day’s tasks is a great approach to alleviate some of that looming anxiety. With January being “Get Organized” month, you should be motivated to take charge of your life.
In the event that efforts to mediate a dispute outside of court are unsuccessful, you may consult with a Columbus divorce attorney about the various legal options.
The following is a helpful “checklist” to use while filing for divorce in Ohio. There is no right or wrong order of importance; it all depends on the specifics of your scenario. One possible solution is to do multiple things at once.
Specify your income sources.
The division of assets and debts is a significant aspect of any divorce. If you want to avoid forgetting anything, it’s best to jot down lists on paper instead of trying to remember everything verbally. Include the company’s name and address as well as your tenure with the company when listing employment, for example. List all of your income sources for the past three years.
Determine What You Have in Terms of Assets
Include information on how you came to own each item, such as whether you owned it prior to marriage or whether it was a gift or inheritance. Possible non-community property objects include the following.
It’s important to take a look at all of your debts.
Divide up your debts and property throughout your divorce. You should compile a list of all outstanding debts, including account numbers and the total remaining balance. Various forms of debt, such as those accrued through credit cards, loans for further education and housing, loans for the purchase of a car, or even money borrowed from loved ones, all go toward this total.
Write Down All the Problems You’ll Have to Fix
When going through a divorce, it can be helpful to make a list of everything that has to be discussed and settled. Although it is preferable for spouses to settle such matters amicably out of court, if they are unable to do so, a judge will do it on their behalf. In general, couples should think about:
- Division of Property
- How much and for how long one spouse will pay spousal support, assuming either is to be awarded?
- In what way should debts be divided?
- concerns for the young (custody, parenting time, support, insurance, school, etc.)
- When to File for Divorce, Separate, or End a Relationship