Sometimes, both spouses realize that their marriage is no longer working. Even though both parties agree that divorce is the best option, one party still needs to take the first step by filing the paperwork. Does filing for divorce first give you an advantage over your spouse? Here’s what you need to know:
The Initial Paperwork Sets the Tone
Whoever files the paperwork first will get to set the tone for the rest of the divorce proceedings. If you want to remain amicable with your spouse, file first so you can set the tone. Make reasonable demands and avoid making explosive allegations in the initial paperwork. This will show your spouse that you have good intentions and are serious about remaining on good terms after the divorce has been finalized. If you wait for your spouse to file first, they may set a more aggressive or combative tone that will make the divorce process much more difficult.
Taking Action Can Boost Your Self-Esteem
Some people who have not been treated fairly in their marriage find that filing the divorce paperwork helps them boost their self-esteem. Filing for divorce can make these people feel more in control of their lives and set them on the path to independence. It is not easy for people in this situation to take control and make these decisions, but they can benefit greatly from doing so.
Filing First Means Choosing An Attorney First
Attorneys typically file the initial paperwork on behalf of their clients, which means you will need to hire an attorney prior to filing for divorce. If you decide to file the paperwork first, you will have the opportunity to choose any divorce attorney in the city. However, if you wait until your spouse has filed the paperwork, your options will be limited. You obviously cannot work with the attorney your spouse has hired, so cross this name off of your list. Furthermore, if your spouse met with other attorneys to discuss your divorce before choosing which one to hire, these attorneys cannot work with you either. Therefore, it is in your best interest to file the paperwork first so you can choose the most qualified attorney.
Are you prepared to end your marriage? If so, contact Williams Law Group, LLC right away. Let our experienced divorce attorneys file the paperwork first so you can enjoy these benefits. Call our office at (908) 810-1083, email us at [email protected], or contact us through our confidential online form to schedule a consultation.