Things to Consider Before You File for Divorce

When people think about filing for divorce, they often think about the effect it will have on their entire lives. The end of marriage affects more than a relationship status. Divorce affects your finances, budget, schedule, home and relationship with your children, family and friends. Before you file for divorce, it's important to consider how you can prepare for any potential problems.

When you contact my firm — the Law Office of Fred Allentoff — I can educate you about your options and help you create a road map for moving forward. Unlike some family law attorneys who offer the same cookie-cutter advice to every family, I take the time to understand my clients' needs and create solutions that address their individualized concerns.

When you meet with me, I can help make sure you have everything in place before you file for divorce. I help families in Owings Mills and throughout Maryland consider all elements of their futures, including:

  • Finances: Before you file for divorce, make sure you have copies of your financial records. You should have a general understanding of what you own, how much debt you have, the budget you currently live on, and what your budget will be after the divorce.
  • Children: Either before or soon after you and your spouse separate, you will need to make a parenting plan. I can educate you about the factors a family magistrate or judge may consider when making determinations about what is in the best interests of your children.
  • Home: Regardless of whether you hope to stay in your marital home, it's important to understand the possible benefits and downfalls of doing so. In addition to more than 25 years of family law experience, I have experience in real estate appraisal and sales, and I can educate you about your options.

Your First Step Before Filing for Divorce: Talk to a Lawyer

The attorney you work with can have a significant impact on the outcome of your case. Working with an attorney who focuses on family law can help ensure that you consider every option and the possible ramifications of any choice.

Take control of your future and contact me today. I will stay in touch with you and will always take the time needed to address your concerns.

My office is conveniently located one block off of Reisterstown Road, accessible by bus and within walking distance of the Owings Mills Metro station. Free parking is available. As a convenience to my clients, I accept credit cards as payment.