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Baltimore & Towson Lawyer Discusses Steps to Take Before and After Filing for Divorce

Written by Amar Weisman » February 26, 2016 »

If you are considering divorce in The Circuit Court fro Baltimore County, then your decision will have life-changing implications for your family and your finances. Given the seriousness of the situation, take whatever advice you receive from non-professionals with a critical ear; your family & friends love you but they are often limited by their personal experiences--which is to say their inexperience.

Retain a Local & Respected Divorce Lawyer

If you want a smooth divorce process and to obtain what you are entitled to under the law, then a Baltimore & Towson divorce lawyer can help identify realistic goals and achieve them. Family law is complex; the principles of equitable distribution, the Bangs formula, case law; it all matters. Attorneys also have a legal duty of loyalty and the attorney-client relationship protects your secrets.


Step 2: Get Good Advice About Money

In a previous post, we advised you to know about your finances prior to filing for divorce. Without financial insight, how will you know what you need to obtain from the divorce process? It is very helpful when clients come to me with a number in mind.

Lawyers may be expensive, but if the cost of not having a lawyer is less child support, less alimony less retirement or losing your home, then you have saved nothing. Besides getting good tax and financial advice, you should make a point of gathering information about your family finances and marital property. Keep monthly statements and never throw away receipts. You might need them to defend the numbers on your financial statement.

Step 3: Make a Budget…For After the Divorce

Coming up with a post-divorce budget can be a difficult task. Figuring out exactly how much you’ll have to live on after the divorce can bring up all kinds of emotions ranging from depression, to sadness, to downright anger. Still, it is imperative that you get at least an idea of your cost of living, as transitioning from a two-income household to a one-income household may be devastating. Even if you have to estimate some costs, drafting a budget will prove to be quite helpful in the long run. Additionally, it will also help you in your efforts to obtain a fair settlement.

Call (410) 321-4994 For a Free Consultation

Call The Law Offices of Amar S. Weisman at (410) 321-4994 to schedule a Free Consultation. The Purpose of the consultation is to determine whether you want to retain this law firm as your Baltimore County & Harford County Family Lawyer. If you do wish to proceed, then you must pay a retainer. See Our Policy on Fees and Costs. The family firm is located next to The Circuit Court for Baltimore County, at 1018 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson, MD 21204.