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DIY Divorce & Resources

You do not need an attorney to file for divorce although it is always recommended to have your own counsel. There are options and resources available for non-represented parties, more formally called, “pro se litigants”.

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What information do I need before meeting with a divorce attorney?

There are many thoughts racing through your head. What is even relevant to a divorce attorney? Good question. Putting together a list of document or items to discuss will be helpful. Below is a list of information to bring and documents to gather before meeting with a divorce attorney.

  1. List of your current bills and who is paying what
  2. List of what bills you want your spouse to pay
  3. Your current custody/parenting time schedule
  4. Your desired custody/parenting time schedule
  5. List of your accounts and the approximate balances (printed statements are even more helpful)
  6. List of debts with balances
  7. Paycheck stubs
  8. Tax returns
  9. What property do you want out of the divorce?
  10. What property did you own prior to the divorce?

This is just a starting point, but will get your wheels turning in the right direction.

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What do you talk about with a divorce attorney?

It takes weeks, months, years, and sometimes, decades to get the courage to consult with a divorce lawyer. Once you schedule your first meeting, you’re often faced with “Well, what should I even talk about?” Whether you think so or not, everything is relevant. It is good to tell your back story and how you got here. We want to know your story.

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MILITARY DIVORCE CHEAT SHEET WHEN DEALING WITH MILITARY RETIRED PAY

Military divorces can definitely be more complex when dealing with a veteran’s disability pay, military retired pay, or a spouse’s election to receive survivor’s benefits. We have compiled a list of terms are most often used, and questioned about, when dealing with a military pension or military retired pay. An experienced military divorce lawyer will be equipped to answer all of your questions in your military divorce case and also advise you on how to proceed when splitting the military retired pay, whether you are the service member or the spouse.

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The 411 on Military Divorce

Whether you are the service member or spouse, you need a competent attorney with experience to handle your Military Divorce. A Military Divorce deals with the same main issues as any other divorce: Child Custody, Parenting Time (Visitation), Child Support, Spousal Support (aka alimony or spousal maintenance) and Property Division. However, the details and intricacies of each issue can be far more complex in a Military Divorce.