Most of us have no idea where to start.
On top of the emotional trauma, you have decisions to make. Decisions that could impact the rest of your life. Do you want to get information and make a start on the inevitable; just to feel like you have some control? Do you know where to start?
You’ve probably already been told by someone who cares about you to get a good lawyer.
A lawyer could be the last person you need!
Now, we’re not saying you won’t need a lawyer but seriously, they could just be the last person you engage. You'll certainly benefit from consulting a lawyer to ensure any agreement you come to is legally binding. But before you get to that stage, you may better benefit from the advice of a collaboratively trained neutral financial advisor, tax specialist, counsellor, child specialist or even a divorce coach.
Any professional you engage to assist you is going to need a snapshot of your personal, family and financial life before they can offer you advice specific to your circumstances.
Your option is to sit with them while they charge you by the hour to go through the discovery process, or to prepare all the information they need before you ask for professional advice.
What do advisers need and where do you find it?