How important is it to stay organized during divorce?
While you don’t need to start color-coordinating your files or rush out for a few label makers, making a concerted effort to stay organized as you move through the divorce process can make it much easier and less stressful. Here are three tips to get you started.
1. Establish a central location for all divorce-related paperwork. If you have a home office, this is a good spot. If not, look for a flat surface where you won’t have to move things out of the way — your dining room table isn’t a good choice — and that’s close to a calendar and wherever you make most of your phone calls. Having everything in one place means that you can easily access any information your attorney needs without having to spend the day searching.
2. Document everything. Documentation is key to any legal situation, but it’s especially important in divorce cases when your personal and home life is bound to be in a bit of disarray. Get in the habit of keeping a journal where you can write down when you talk to your ex and the topic of conversation. This can also be a place to write down questions for your next meeting with your attorney so you don’t forget.
3. Get your own mailbox. Whether you or your ex is the one moving out, right now both of you are likely getting mail and other important documents delivered to the house. Getting a post office box can ensure that you have a way to communicate without worrying about your ex-intercepting anything. If you currently use a joint email account, you’ll want to establish your own immediately.
If you have questions about what you should be keeping track of, ask your lawyer. By being able to access and provide him or her with needed documentation, you can help make the process a little easier.
Source: Forbes, “Why Women Who Are Organized Often Do Better in Divorce,” Jeff Landers, accessed July 26, 2016
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