We often talk about how much uncertainty comes with a divorce. With so many factors at play, it can be difficult to predict what the outcome of your divorce may look like with 100% certainty. However, the consequences of your divorce and finalized arrangement can shape your life for years or decades to come.
Is there anything you can do to help influence or shape this resolution? Today’s post is focused on tips that are meant to empower anyone to help guide their family law case towards a direction that better protects them, as well as the lives of their loved ones.
Become Familiar with Relevant Family Law Processes and Procedures
You’d be surprised at how many people blindly push through sensitive or involved legal proceedings in CA, and family law is no exception to this. Although you’ll want to rely on your attorney to help guide you through the complex legal process, you should still take the time to educate yourself about all relevant proceedings. If you’re getting divorced, make sure you understand all important deadlines, court dates, potential risks, etc.
These days, approaching anything with a passive mindset can end up placing you at a serious disadvantage. Give yourself the chance that you deserve and read up on all relevant details. If you don’t know what it is that you currently don’t know, consult with your attorney.
Read All Legal Documents Carefully and Make Copies as Needed
During your divorce or other family law process in CA, you’ll likely be served with or will file a variety of key legal documents. Always read these closely and carefully. Documents such as your Family Law Summons include key information such as the Standard Restraining Order and other guidelines that are printed on the back.
Keep your documents organized, note any important or key dates in your calendar, and don’t let yourself get caught off-guard by unexpected issues.
Be Proactive About Disclosing Key Financial Details and Important Changes
While your ex may be the “opposition,” divorce is a fairly transparent process these days. Trying to hide or conceal any key information, especially anything that involves finances or assets, will only come back to haunt you in the end. Be upfront and disclose everything you’re required to, including all existing debts/assets. Likewise, any change or development that can impact these assets or the divorce itself should be disclosed to your attorney asap so he/she can help guide you in the right direction.
Tap Into the Expertise of a Qualified CA Family Law Attorney
If in doubt, always consult with your trusted family law attorney. The biggest piece of advice we can offer is that you should never walk into any family law matters or proceedings without your own legal counsel.
Learn more about what we do at the Law Offices of James P. White. You can give us a call at 925-271-0999 to schedule a free consultation today.