Thinking About Divorce? 5 Steps to Save Time, Money

You’re on the verge of calling it quits. But before you do, consider taking these practical steps ASAP. They could make the process go more smoothly and save you on attorney fees as well.

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When it comes to separating and getting divorced, when people are ready, they’re ready.

Even amid — or perhaps especially amid — the coronavirus pandemic and the requisite stay-at-home orders, I’m hearing from clients who are ready to move on. And we’re all hearing reports of skyrocketing divorces in China following months of lockdown there due to the public health crisis.

No matter when you think your marriage is on shaky ground, if you are contemplating divorce, it pays to take some actions as early as possible. These five steps can save you time, headache and, in many cases, attorney fees.

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This article was written by and presents the views of our contributing adviser, not the Kiplinger editorial staff. You can check adviser records with the SEC or with FINRA.

Tonya Graser Smith is a Board Certified Specialist in Family Law, licensed North Carolina attorney and founder of GraserSmith, PLLC (opens in new tab), in Charlotte, N.C. She focuses her practice on divorce, child custody, child support, alimony, equitable distribution, prenuptial agreements and other family law matters.