Preparing to Divorce in New York

There are various factors to consider when you’re preparing to divorce your spouse.

Divorce can be mentally and emotionally draining for all parties involved. In addition, it can put a burden on your finances if you’re not fully prepared for the potential outcomes.

While every case is different, most require an experienced attorney for finalizing the divorce, splitting up assets, dealing with child custody, and so on.

Our family law attorneys can represent you throughout all stages of the proceedings to ensure that your divorce goes as seamlessly as possible.


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How to Prepare for Divorce

To avoid any bad repercussions, here are some tips on how to prepare for divorce from the experts at our law firm:

Collect the Paperwork


The first thing that you should do when preparing for a divorce is collect all the paperwork and important documents.

You should gather documents like Social Security forms, credit reports, tax returns, and bank account information.

Legal documents like prenuptial agreements, wills, and deeds for real estate should also be included in the paperwork.

Other supporting documents may be titles for cars, copies of pay stubs, or bank statements.

The Law Offices of Karl Brodzansky can guide you through the paperwork that you’ll need when preparing to file for divorce in New York.

Understand Your Responsibilities


If you are served with divorce papers in the state of New York, you have 20 days to file an answer.

Neglecting to respond within the allotted time may allow your spouse to proceed with divorce without you. In this case, your spouse will get to decide the terms of the divorce, which could leave you in a difficult situation.

Once you have the divorce papers, the smartest thing to do is find a divorce lawyer like us and respond as soon as possible.

Understand Your Financial Situation


Most families go from a dual income household to separate, single income households during a divorce. The division of finances is significant, even for those with a favorable divorce settlement.

When you’re preparing for divorce, make sure that you’ve found a way to establish your own, personal finances. Any joint accounts will likely be separated soon after the divorce proceedings begin.


An individual savings account is a great way to budget and understand your finances before, during and after the divorce.

The funds in your individual bank account will help you fund your living arrangements outside of the family household. You should budget with these funds to ensure that you have enough to pay for your personal expenses plus any child support, spousal support, alimony, and so on.


Your credit score may be affected by your divorce. It is helpful to track your score post divorce and even after your divorce is final.

Find the Right Divorce Lawyer


There are various factors to consider when you're looking for a NY divorce attorney.


Every case is different but having an experienced divorce lawyer by your side can benefit you in various ways during your divorce.

A divorce lawyer will be there for you through every step of the process to ensure that you understand your rights and obligations. In addition, a lawyer will lessen your fears and increase your confidence about your divorce. Finally, a lawyer will be someone you can trust and feel comfortable with during your divorce.

The Law Offices of Karl Brodzansky will make preparing for divorce as smooth as possible to ensure the best outcomes for your family.