You Were Served Divorce Papers? A 3 Day Action Plan

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Divorce PapersDon’t panic - best decisions are made with a cool, calm head * Sit down, relax, and read the divorce papers several times. * Don’t call your spouse in anger - no contact is best for now. * Read up on divorce - knowledge always helps take the fear away. * When you finish the above steps, take a short break and then read all of the divorce papers again until you thoroughly understand what is ahead.

Today

* Don’t panic - best decisions are made with a cool, calm head * Sit down, relax, and read the divorce papers several times. * Don’t call your spouse in anger - no contact is best for now. * Read up on divorce - knowledge always helps take the fear away. * When you finish the above steps, take a short break and then read all of the divorce papers again until you thoroughly understand what is ahead. * If you have children, do not draw them into the conflict. This is best for your children and will put you in the best position to win custody. * You have 20 days from the date you received the summons to send an answer. * If possible, take tomorrow off and devote some thought to the situation.

Tomorrow

* You must decide if you will represent yourself or hire an divorce attorney. * If you want an attorney, start calling and find one that you like. * If you are a do-it-yourself person, continue to read about divorce for 7 more days. You have almost two weeks to act and you must become well informed. * Review the location and amount of all your assets. If possible, remove money from the bank and put it in a place of security. Do not deprive your spouse of necessary funds to live on. That could backfire on you. * Review your credit cards and any other sources of credit. If possible, cancel cards that are joint accounts or remove your spouse’s name from the card. * Speed is your best tool - be thorough and act today. * Go into conservation mode and build a rainy day fund. You may soon need it. * Begin to collect all records of assets, amounts owed, property, deeds, and family business records. If you are in the marital home, keep the records in a more secure place, like with a trusted friend. * Call the IRS to find out how to request copies of the last 5 years of tax returns - if you don’t already have them.

Next Day

* Continue your education. This is one of the biggest and most important projects of your life. Read books and attend seminars. Become an expert. * Make a financial plan or a household budget for the next 12 months. Don’t spend unnecessary money. * Get a notebook and a holder for paperwork. Set up a central collection point for all the information you gather during your divorce. Keep a detailed diary and jot down anything you learn from your educational efforts.

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About the Author
Howard Iken is a Divorce Attorney.. He represents divorce clients in Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, New Port Richey, Pinellas, Pasco, and Hernando County, Florida. You can contact Howard Iken at 1-888-4My-Divorce (1-888-469-3486) or visit http://www.18884MyDivorce.com. You can also view the typical steps in a divorce by visiting http://www.18884mydivorce.com/pub/Divorce/divorceflowchart.htm

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Son was served divorce papers in jail. Time to respond is before his release date. What can he do?

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