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Who files in divorce? Why filing first matters

Once the decision to file has been made, it is important to find an attorney that you can rely on to guide you through the process and help you achieve your goals. While you may feel as though you have some time to shop for attorneys, it is important not to take too long. Even if you both agree that it is time to end a marriage, who files first matters. Find out three reasons why.

1. Getting prepared -- It is important to get your financial affairs in order before you file for divorce. This includes making sure you have arrangements such as opening a separate bank account so you can cover your expenses once the divorce is filed. Getting prepared also means gathering the experts you will need to support your financials.

2. Where you file matters -- The jurisdiction you file in matters. Different counties handle divorce differently. Some may be more or likely to defer to the recommendations of friends of the court such as social workers and guardian at litems. Different counties may also treat support issues such as alimony differently. Filing first may give you the opportunity to choose a venue that will benefit you in divorce if you and your spouse live in different counties.

3. Avoid hidden assets -- If you are worried about your spouse hiding assets or businesses, it is more difficult to do this once the divorce is underway because an injunction will be put in place that limits the transfer of assets while the case is pending.

Planning for your future life requires a solid strategy and thoughtful planning. Having the right divorce attorney at your side can have a profound difference on the outcome of your divorce. Make sure you are prepared.

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