Covington Divorce Lawyers

You didn’t enter your marriage planning to get divorced. Now that divorce looms in your future, you find yourself without the knowledge you need. Feeling overwhelmed and confused makes this tough time in your life all the more difficult. There’s more to filing for divorce than simply submitting your complaint to the court. The expert Covington divorce lawyers at Ellen Cronin Badeaux are here to help! Before you move forward, here is what you need to know:

#1 Don’t move forward until you’re absolutely sure. Right now, emotions are running high. The decision to file for divorce is a legal move you should not make based on emotions alone. Make sure you’ve exhausted all hope of reconciliation before you contact Covington divorce lawyers to file the paperwork. Once you’ve served your spouse with divorce papers, it will be nearly impossible to go back on that decision, even if you eventually change your mind.

#2 Gather and keep safe all of your financial documents. Divorce cases depend heavily on documentation. You are splitting up one household into two. Any financial account records, phone records, mortgages, stock certificates, ease agreements, credit card debt, student loans, wills, and car notes are all going to be relevant to your divorce. Your chosen Covington divorce lawyers will discuss the specifics of your case with you and which paperwork you need to gather.

#3 Determine your goals. You need something more concrete than to simply “not be married anymore.” What do you hope to walk away from your marriage with? For many families, child custody is a big part of this. Other than in extreme circumstances, you and your ex-spouse will end up sharing custody of the children. Do you want a 50/50 split, or something more like 70/30? What would you like to happen to your joint finances? Who should keep the house?

#4 Make any necessary financial moves before filing. If you’ve been meaning to buy a new car, liquidate some stock, or sell a rental property, do it now. You’ll be prevented from doing so once you officially file for divorce first. This means you’ll need to make any big financial moves before the case begins. Courts do this to prevent either spouse from draining the bank accounts or dissipating the marital estate out of spite for the other one.

#5 Remember that you’re not single- yet! You know that your marriage is for all intents and purposes over, but legally it is not the case. Your attorney will tell you to refrain from “living the single life” prior to actually being divorced. In many jurisdictions, even if you and your spouse are living separately, having a romantic relationship with another person is still considered adultery. You don’t want this brought up in court as you fight for custody of your children and the finances you deserve.

Following these tips will help you achieve a better outcome in your divorce case. With any additional questions or concerns, we encourage you to contact our team of Covington divorce lawyers. Your first consultation with our attorneys is free! 

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“I would like to thank your firm for everything you’ve done to help me keep 50/50 custody of my son. I came to you on very short notice but you knew exactly how to handle my case and I couldn’t be happier. I’m sure I will be working with you again in the future.”
“After retaining two lawyers who made no progress, I retained Ellen Cronin Badeaux. Yesterday was our first hearing together and it was a major success. Ellen was professional, diligent, and a fighter…I am very glad I found her and will refer her to others without a doubt.”
“Ms. Badeaux has been an excellent family attorney for us. Her time and personal commitment have allowed us to make informed decisions. We have had to trust her with very delicate and emotional issues and she has guided us to excellent outcomes. I will always appreciate the exceptional service she provides our family with. I have always liked the statement, “you get what you pay for”; and Mrs. Badeaux has been well worth it.”
“Extremely knowledgeable and aggressive attorney. She has been our attorney for nearly 10 years. I highly recommend her for any family court matters.”
“I have used Ms. Badeaux as my attorney off and on for 15 years. She has settled everything without a fuss; including a personal injury suit, an estate settlement and the quick setup of a partnership. I will continue to use her as my attorney and happily recommend her to friends & family.”
“No one thought I could win but with her valuable service and exceptional legal knowledge, I did! I got my kids back and they’re still with me today. I highly recommend Ellen Badeaux. I would not have my kids today if not for her!”

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