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Trusted Murfreesboro Divorce Attorney Understands the Importance of Divorce Planning in Achieving Favorable Results

Successfully resolving divorce disputes requires a plan and the guidance of skilled legal counsel 

Chances are that if you are like most people, a good deal of preparation was necessary to make sure your wedding day turned out the way you envisioned it. Murfreesboro divorce attorney David L. Scott believes that successfully achieving your goals in a divorce takes just as much planning and preparation. Regardless of the reasons behind your decision to end the marriage, a divorce is a highly emotional undertaking with serious long-term financial consequences. You should take the time before filing for divorce to prepare yourself for what is about to take place.

Gather and copy your financial records and legal documents  

You would be surprised how important documents suddenly disappear once a divorce is started. Before you make your spouse aware of your intentions concerning the marriage, locate and copy all of your financial and legal documents. Store the copies in a safe location that is preferably out of your house. The documents should include: 

State and Federal Tax Returns: Your tax returns for the past two or three years along with W-2s, 1099s and all schedules provide important income and expense information that your divorce attorney will want from you.

Retirement Account Statements: If you and your spouse have 401ks, IRAs or other retirement accounts through your employers or on your own, make copies of the most recent statements.
• Social Security Benefit Statements: Make copies of the most recent yearly Social Security statements for both you and your spouse.

Titles for Real and Personal Property: Locate and copy deeds for all real property you and your spouse own separately or together. You should also copy the titles to motor vehicles, boats and mobile homes that you and your spouse own.

Life Insurance Policies: Make copies of the policies and the most recent annual statement from the insurance company showing the current values.

Bank Accounts: Locate and copy the most recently statements for all deposit accounts you and your spouse have with financial institutions.

Debts and Liabilities: Credit card statements, mortgage statements and loan records should be copied. If available, make copies of credit reports that you might have on you and your spouse.

Legal Documents: Make copies of prenuptial agreements, wills, trust agreements and documents related to the ownership of a business.

Our knowledgeable divorce attorney guides individuals considering filing for a divorce through the record gathering stage. The purpose is to put all the information you need during the divorce into a safe place, so you will not be at a disadvantage once legal proceedings have begun. 

Open your own bank accounts to prevent being placed at a disadvantage 

It is not uncommon for one of the parties in a divorce action to ask the court for an order restricting the withdrawal of funds from joint bank accounts while the dispute is pending. If your spouse takes such a step, you could find yourself without access to the funds you need to finance the divorce and pay your living expenses. Instead of waiting until you are at a financial disadvantage, open your own checking and savings accounts. Begin putting money into these accounts as soon as possible, but consult with your divorce attorney before taking money from joint accounts you might have with your spouse.

Planning for your emotional well-being 

Going through a divorce, even a so-called “friendly,” one can take an emotional toll on you. It is a good idea to have a close friend or relative available in whom you can confide or go to for emotional support.

Rely on our skilled Murfreesboro divorce attorney to guide you every step of the way 

Leading Murfreesboro divorce attorney David L. Scott is a staunch and relentless advocate, guiding clients through divorce for almost two decades. Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation by calling 615-896-7656 or using our convenient online contact form.





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