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The property division and divorce checklist

Divorce has a way of complicating every aspect of a person's life. It obviously affects an individual emotionally, but can also be financially and mentally draining. Although there is little that can legally be done to alleviate the emotional toll divorce takes, working with an attorney can help you stay sane during the process. Depending on how organized you are upon meeting with your attorney, you may also be able to save financially as well.

Fortunately, any online search on divorce and issues relating to it can provide countless checklists to work with when preparing to meet with a divorce attorney. If your divorce is complex, using a checklist is a great way to stay on task while allowing room to add additional concerns.

Every situation is different, but unless your family consisted only of you and your spouse, there will likely be numerous aspects to discuss with your attorney. If you and your spouse have children, you may want to prepare for discussion related to child support, custody, insurance and even taxes. If you and your spouse were married for a long period of time, you may want to prepare to discuss spousal support and COBRA health care coverage.

Regardless of how complex or simple your divorce is, at the very least you will have to consider the division of all your marital property, debts and assets. While property division may seem pretty straightforward, many divorcing spouses are surprised to realize how complex and involved it actually is. Property division is not just assuming ownership of your marital home and separating furniture, it can divide investments, business assets and even retirement benefits.

To save time, energy and resources, divorcing couples may benefit by working with a property division and divorce checklist and by receiving the guidance of a divorce attorney. Staying organized and informed of your rights may help make the difference in your divorce process.

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