A divorce can be a difficult process. Facing the reality that your marriage is no longer working can be emotionally debilitating. Aside from hurt and bitter feelings, there are also many legal matters and procedures that you have to deal with.

Find out the Difference Between Annulment And Divorce.

  1. Do NOT Ignore Your Situation

Despite the difficulties that come with a divorce process, it is important to not ignore your situation. Many people may decide to put off the process, and find reasons to delay the proceedings. For example, some people may want to wait until the children are out of school for the break, or until important events such as birthdays, family outings and business dealings.divorce process, it is important to not ignore your situation. Many people may decide to put off the process, and find reasons to delay the proceedings. For example, some people may want to wait until the children are out of school for the break, or until important events such as birthdays, family outings and business dealings.

No matter what your situation is, it is important to be honest with yourself. At the end of the day, you are the only one who truly knows whether you are putting off the divorce out of necessity, or if you are just hesitant to take the next step.

  1. Get Help From A Divorce Lawyer

Even before the divorce process begins, start talking to professionals that you can count on. Look for lawyers that specialize in matrimony, family law and divorce. Also, remember to choose someone that you are comfortable with. The attorney will be the professional to help you file paperwork and go through each step on the divorce.

  1. Get Help From A Private Investigator

Aside from the attorney, you may also need to look for private investigators especially if you are still gathering evidence that you can present in court. The evidence can range from committing adultery to hiding assets. With the help of the attorney, you and your private investigator must go over the standards on the type and quality of the evidence.

  1. Get Help From A Financial Advisor

You may also need to choose a financial advisor who has acquired experience on cases similar to yours. The financial advisor will be in charge of examining your portfolio and assets, and working towards the best settlement scenario. Be financially prepared

  1. Understand The 2 Major Stages Of A Divorce Process

According to SG Law Expert, the first stage of a divorce process involves the termination of marriage. There are a number of documents that has to be filed in order to help the court make the final decision. These include:

  • Writ for Divorce, which is filed by the plaintiff
  • Statement of Claim, which states the grounds that the spouses are using to ask the court to grant them a divorce,
  • Statement of Particulars, which provides the details ofthe specified grounds,
  • Proposed Parenting Plan, which states the parent arrangements for couples with children below 21 years old, and
  • Proposed Matrimonial Property Plan, which states the division of properties.

What Next in a Divorce Proceeding?

After the filing of these documents, the court will give the parties an Acknowledgement of Service of the Writ and a Memorandum of Appearance. The court will also serve the Writ for Divorce on the defendant.

If your spouse decides against contesting the writ, the court will already set a date for the hearing.

However, if your spouse decides to contest the divorce, the court will arrange several pre-trial conferences to determine if there are any areas where you and your spouse can agree upon

After successfully going through the first stage, the second step is settling ancillary matters, which includes maintenance, child support, custody and assets.

Both you and your spouse will have to file Affidavits of Assets and means of disclosing your assets and liabilities. After this, you will have to file for a Declaration of Assets and Ancillary Matters Facts and Positions Sheet, which will be used to decide if the matter has to be heard in the family or high court. The court will then set an ancillary hearing to make sure that you and your spouse settle all concerns fairly. Both the attorney and the financial advisor can assist you in this particular stage.

More information: Marriage Matters and Divorce Issues.

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Anna Haotanto is passionate about finance, education, women empowerment and children’s issues. Anna has been featured in CNBC, Forbes, The Straits Times, Business Insider, INC and The Peak Singapore. She was nominated and selected for FORTUNE Most Powerful Women conference in 2016 (Asia) and 2015 (San Francisco, Next Gen). Anna has 10 years of experience in the financial sector and is currently a Director in Tera Capital. Her previous work experience includes positions at Citigroup, United Overseas Bank, a regional role in Business Monitor and a boutique private equity firm based in Shanghai. She graduated from Singapore Management University (Finance and Quantitative Finance).

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