By Stephen A. Duggan – New Hampshire Family Law Attorney

The month of January typically is a big month for divorce filings. In fact, more divorces are filed early in the year than any other time. This may not be a surprise because people want to get through the holidays and the start of the new year is viewed as the time to make a fresh start. If you are considering filing for divorce in 2013, you should consider the following.

Before you file for divorce, the first step is to collect all of your financial documents. As you receive year-end statements from your bank, credit card company and other financial institutions, review them for discrepancies. They may provide clues that your spouse is hiding assets that should be part of the marital property or that he’s been spending money on another person. Then make copies of all of your records and secure them in a safe place your spouse can’t access.

The next step is to start securing your own financial future. Obtain a copy of your credit report and make sure everything is in order. Good credit will be important, so if there are any errors on the report, make sure to get them corrected right away. Get at least one credit card in your own name, and open separate bank accounts too.

The final step is to consult with an experienced divorce attorney who can help you explain the divorce process and help understand what to expect. Sometimes it makes sense to connect with other professionals, such as financial planners and counselors, who can provide additional assistance as you deal with the issues that can arise because of the divorce.

If you are contemplating a divorce, please make sure you have a solid plan in place before you start the process. We can help make sure your rights are protected. Please consult an experienced family law lawyer at Douglas, Leonard & Garvey, P.C. at 1-800-240-1988 or fill out our online contact form.