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An Outline for Taking Charge of Your Divorce
You and your attorney
  • Hiring
  • Working with
  • Following advice
  • Remember who is the employer and who is the employee

Objectives
  • Best outcome
  • Reasonable outcome
  • Worst case outcome

Strategies
  • Develop an overall plan
  • Prepare your offense
  • What is your defense

Organization
  • Inventory of assets and liabilities
  • Documents and summaries for your attorney
  • Request for production
  • Interrogatories
  • Bullet points

Dealing with soon to be ex-spouse
  • "When in doubt, take the high road out"
  • Do not say or do anything that you do not want to see on the front page of the newspaper or all over the internet
  • Be reasonable
  • Do not discuss the past
  • Direct conversations to the future

Expect the unexpected
  • From your soon to be ex-spouse
  • From your spouse's attorney
  • From a time stand point
  • From the Court system
  • From the result

After the Judge says "you are divorced"
  • Read the Decree - before it is signed and re-read after it is signed
  • Change beneficiaries
  • Be prepared to do things by yourself for yourself
  • Forgive and forget?
  • Are you disabled?
  • Building a new life


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