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Before Filing for Divorce

What to Do First

Are you considering filing for a divorce in the Upland area? Attorney Heidi Romeo at the Law Offices of Heidi Romeo & Associates offers preliminary advice for people who are contemplating the dissolution of their marriage and are unsure about the next step to take. Before filing for divorce, both parties should gather and copy financial records that may be necessary or helpful in determining support or the division of assets.

These documents may include paycheck stubs, quarterly statements for any investment accounts or retirement accounts, bank statements, and tax returns. Focus on documentation from the last three years of your marriage. Be ready to give an honest and complete assessment of your current financial situation.

If child custody is an issue, be proactive in gathering school report cards, medical information, or other relevant documents that you believe may assist your attorney in making a case for the custody of your children. Make sure to keep the doors of communication open between yourself and your children. Treat your spouse with respect in front of your children - whether he or she is present or not.

Let the children know that they are not the cause of the divorce. Try to keep other aspects of their lives as normal and consistent as possible. Don't criticize or slander the other parent. If you do feel that it is in the best interest of your children that you have sole custody of them, speak to an attorney about your concerns. While the court of California holds that it is always best for a child to have two parents involved in their care and upbringing whenever possible, a judge may grant sole custody to one parent if it can be proved that this situation is in the child's best interest.

Legal Counsel in the Divorce Process

It is always advised that you hire an attorney you believe is experienced in family law to help guide you through the divorce process. Remember, many family law cases can take months to resolve and usually involve the disclosure of many highly personal and sensitive details. For this reason, you should choose an attorney or firm with whom you feel comfortable and safe.

With more than 20 years of legal experience, the Upland divorce attorney at the Law Offices of Heidi Romeo & Associates is familiar with the trauma and confusion that can come along with a divorce. She is highly experienced in the field of family law and brings thoughtful consideration and thorough professionalism in her approach to every new case. She can work closely with you to determine the best course of action to accomplish your objectives and provide the legal support and advocacy you need.

If you are contemplating the possibility of filing for divorce, be sure to call the attorney at the Law Offices of Heidi Romeo & Associates at (888) 880-8803 for a free case evaluation today.

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