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Short + Long-Term Goals to Set When Leaving Your Spouse | The Divorce Whisperer®

Short + Long-Term Goals to Set When Leaving Your Spouse


YOU’VE DECIDED TO LEAVE.  SO WHAT DO YOU DO NOW?
      SHORT TERM GOALS
1)         START SAVING MONEY.
2)         START KEEPING A JOURNAL OF ANY MARITAL MISCONDUCT WITH DATES AND TIMES.
3)         OPEN A BANK ACCOUNT IN YOUR NAME, ONLY.
4)         ESTABLISH CREDIT IN YOUR OWN NAME, IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY.
5)         FIND AND MAKE COPIES OF ALL IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS, INCLUDING THE LAST 3 YEARS OF TAX RETURNS.
6)         TO GET DIRECTION, MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH AN ATTORNEY FOR INFORMATION AND EVALUATION ON YOU SPECIFIC CASE.  BRING ANY DOCUMENTS YOU HAVE.
7)         INVESTIGATE ALL YOUR ASSETS, DETERMINE THEIR VALUE, AND CONSIDER WHETHER YOUR SPOUSE MAY HAVE ANY HIDDEN ASSETS.
8)         EVALUATE WHERE YOU WILL LIVE.  IF YOU WILL BE MOVING, CHECK OUT THE HOUSING MARKET AND RENTALS TO DETERMINE COST OF LIVING.
9)         ARRANGE FOR THE CAR TO BE IN TOP WORKING ORDER.
10)       SCHEDULE YOUR DENTAL WORK AND MEDICAL CHECKUPS BEFORE LEAVING, FOR BOTH YOU AND THE CHILDREN.
11)       MAKE CERTAIN YOU HAVE AN ADEQUATE WARDROBE FOR WORK.
•       LONG TERM GOALS:
       CREATING A FINANCIAL PICTURE OF YOUR FUTURE.
1)         EVALUATE YOUR PRESENT FINANCIAL CONDITION AND JOB SITUATION.
2)         DRAW UP A MOCK BUDGET OF WHAT IT WILL COST YOU TO LIVE SEPARATELY.
3)         WITH INPUT FROM AN ATTORNEY, FIGURE OUT APPROXIMATE INCOME AND EXPENSE TO DETERMINE SPOUSAL SUPPORT AND CHILD SUPPORT.
4)         CALCULATE YOUR SEPARATE INCOME.
5)         SET GOALS FOR YOU CAREER FUTURE, AND START TAKING STEPS TOWARD THAT END.


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