Navigating the Path Ahead: What You Should Know About Preparing for Divorce

Preparing for Divorce

Embarking on the journey of divorce is a significant life decision that comes with emotional, legal, and financial complexities. At Ellsworth Law Firm, we understand the challenges you may be facing, and we’re here to provide guidance and support throughout the process. In this blog post, we’ll explore key considerations and steps to take when preparing for divorce.

  1. Gather Financial Information.

Financial matters are integral to divorce proceedings. Begin by gathering essential financial documents such as tax returns, paystubs, bank statements, investment portfolios, and details about assets and debts. Having a comprehensive understanding of your financial situation is crucial for an equitable property division.

  1. Identify Your Goals and Priorities.

Clearly define your goals and priorities for the divorce process. Consider what is most important to you, whether it’s retaining certain assets, securing child custody arrangements, or ensuring financial stability. Understanding your priorities will help guide you through the decision-making process.

  1. Consult with a Family Law Attorney.

Seeking legal advice early in the process is crucial. A seasoned Utah family law attorney can provide insight into the legal aspects of divorce, explain to you your rights, and help you understand what to expect. Our experienced Lehi family law attorney at Ellsworth Law Firm is here to offer guidance tailored to your unique situation.

  1. Establish a Support System.

Divorce can be emotionally challenging. It is important that you surround yourself with a strong support system of friends, family, and if necessary, a therapist. Taking care of yourself is just as important as dealing with the legal and money issues addressed in the divorce process.

  1. Consider Mediation or Collaborative Divorce.

Explore alternative dispute resolution methods like mediation or collaborative divorce. These approaches often allow for more amicable resolutions, reducing the emotional toll and fostering a cooperative atmosphere during negotiations. It also ensures that you have control over the final outcome rather than a judge.

  1. Inventory and Valuation of Assets.

Work with your attorney to create a detailed inventory of marital assets. This includes real estate, vehicles, investments, and personal property. Understanding the value of these assets is vital for a fair and equitable distribution.

  1. Create a Budget.

A divorce will most likely impact your financial situation. Create a budget that outlines your anticipated post-divorce expenses and income. This will help you make informed decisions during negotiations and plan for the future.

  1. Understand Child Custody Laws.

If a child(ren) is/are involved, familiarize yourself with the child custody laws in Utah. Understanding the factors that influence custody decisions can help you advocate for the best interests of your children.

  1. Keep Communication Open.

If possible, try to maintain open communication with your spouse, especially if you are considering an amicable divorce. Clear communication facilitates smoother negotiations and helps establish a cooperative co-parenting relationship if a child(ren) are involved.

  1. Be Prepared for Change.

Change happens. And it’s essential that you are prepared to adjust various aspects of your life. Flexibility and a willingness to adapt can contribute to a smoother transition.


Preparation is key when navigating the complexities of divorce. At Ellsworth Law Firm, our dedicated Lehi family law attorney is here to guide you through the process, offering support and expertise at every step.

If you’re considering or preparing for divorce, contact us for a free initial consultation. We’re committed to helping you achieve a resolution that protects your rights and sets the foundation for a new chapter in your life.