In any divorce, it can be hard to know what to do first and what can wait. Your entire life is being upended and with so much to do, you might not even know where to start.
One good tip is to sit down and get in touch with your attorney as soon as you can. They can help you understand the order of events with a divorce and the steps you should take sooner. For example, you will need to respond to the divorce petition, which is something they can assist you with.
After that, it's important for you to follow your attorney's instructions and guidance. You should know that California does have community property laws, which means that you should receive around 50% of your marital assets, unless that is disagreeable and you negotiate for a different portion outside court.
What topics should you tackle first in divorce?
The topic you start with depends on your situation. If you have children, you'll want to do what you can to take care of their needs first. You should set up a parenting plan and custody schedule, for example. If you have pets or animals, then you would also want to account for them and make sure they're cared for as well.
After this, you can start looking at dividing your property, determining spousal support, deciding on child support and other topics. Your attorney can help you go over each aspect of your divorce so that you don't miss anything and make decisions with good education of the laws that impact your case.