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Essential Steps to Take Before You Separate from Your Spouse for a Smoother Transition

Essential Steps to Take Before You Separate from Your Spouse for a Smoother Transition

Lawyer at Stallard and Bellof explaining the Steps to take before you separate

Are you going through a separation? Don’t let the overwhelm take over. We have a clear path lined up for you, packed with smart moves to keep you in control and ready for a fresh start. Stallard & Bellof are here to guide you every step of the way.

Take Charge of Your Money

Start Fresh with Your Own Bank Account 

Imagine having a safe space for your money where you can start building your nest egg away from any joint accounts. Opening a bank account in just your name at a different bank is your first step toward financial freedom. It’s your money—keep it secure and make it grow.

Boost Your Credit, Boost Your Independence

A credit card in your name does more than just pay for purchases—it’s a stepping stone to building your credit score all by yourself. Keeping an eye on your credit report ensures your financial split is clean and your money health stays strong.

Secure Your Private Life

Your New Email: The Gateway to Privacy

Setting up a new email is like having a private conversation space for all your important talks, especially with your legal and financial guides. Plus, it’s a smooth way to transition all your personal accounts into your new, independent life.

Upgrade Your Online Security

Changing passwords and setting up new accounts isn’t just about keeping others out but protecting your digital world. A password manager can be your best ally here, creating strong barriers that keep your private life just that—private.

Keep Your Documents Safe and Sound

Round up all your important documents—IDs, bank records, legal papers. It’s like putting together a personal toolkit that keeps you ready and equipped for any situation. Store them safely—they’re the keys to your independence.

List and Protect Your Valuables

Taking stock of what you own, especially the valuable stuff, is more than just making a list. It’s about knowing what’s yours, securing your share, and confidently starting fresh. Photos and details make everything clear and straightforward for when it’s time to divide assets.

Get the Right Advice

With Stallard & Bellof by your side, navigating the legalities feels less daunting. Add a financial advisor to the mix, and you’re looking at a future where you’re not just surviving post-separation—you’re thriving.

Surround Yourself with Support

The journey might feel lonely, but it doesn’t have to be. Building a support network of friends, family, and professionals means you have a team cheering you on, offering comfort and advice every step of the way.

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Krista Stallard

Krista Stallard is an experienced family law attorney specializing in divorce and custody cases, passionate about alternative dispute resolution, and committed to providing excellent legal representation to her clients.

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Separation is a chapter's end but also a beginning. With these steps, you’re not just getting through it—you’re setting up for a stronger, more independent you. Let Stallard & Bellof guide you to a future where you emerge ready to take on the world on your own terms.

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