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Preparing for divorce and getting through it: Protecting yourself

Living in one of the most beautiful places in the United States, you're used to a way of life few get to experience. Unfortunately, a divorce can throw a wrench into your calm way of living, making your relationship tumultuous at the best of times. The good news is that it's easy to get yourself in a position of power before a divorce is ever in the cards.

When you're seeking a divorce, there are a few things you should do to protect yourself. Here's a few tips for handling a divorce in Honolulu from start to finish, so you can be prepared when you meet with your attorney and after the divorce is finalized.

Before you seek divorce

Before you seek a divorce, it's a good idea to start collecting important documents. These documents might include things like your bank statements, loan documents, contracts and insurance policy information. You'll want to get these together before you talk to your spouse about divorce, so you know you have them on hand when you need them.

During a divorce

While you're going through a divorce, you should be prepared to negotiate and work with your attorney to find resolutions to your problems. For instance, if you and your spouse can't agree on who should get the home in your separation, then you may want to negotiate through your attorney, attend mediation or arbitration, or take your dispute to court. Your attorney will be able to gauge the situation and discuss what your best option would be in that circumstance.

After your divorce

Once your divorce is finalized, there is a risk that you may need to seek modifications in the future. Understand that it's your responsibility to keep all court records, including final court orders and your divorce decree, somewhere safe. In the event that you need to seek a modification of something resolved in divorce court, you'll want to have your court documents readily available for review.

Divorces are complex, and many people find them frustrating. The best thing you can do for yourself is to stay organized and to prepare for the worst. Know what you need to get out of your divorce for the purpose of your budget, and be aware that your spouse may seek more or less than he or she is entitled to. By being prepared for anything, you'll be in a good position to negotiate and protect yourself throughout and after the divorce.

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