Several factors can influence the outcome of your divorce. Some of those factors may be out of your control. However, your organization is one aspect of the divorce process you can control, and it can be beneficial to make the most of every factor you can control.

Many people overlook the importance of organization. However, being organized early in the divorce process can have a surprising number of benefits.

Being organized has many benefits

Being organized early in the divorce process means that you and your divorce team will have the necessary facts and documentation right away. This will allow you to better understand your family’s financial situation, anticipate the impact divorce could have on your financial situation and focus your energy on what matters most to you.

Having the important facts and documents early will also help your divorce team work efficiently to create the best strategy for your situation. Then your divorce team can implement that strategy right away to help you achieve the most favorable results possible in your divorce.

How to start getting organized for divorce

You can get started getting organized for divorce as soon as you know that divorce is in your future. A good way to get started is by making a checklist for yourself. On this list you should include all of your family’s assets and liabilities. You should also include any accounts or documents that correspond to assets or liabilities. Then, add any remaining financial documents to the list, as well as estate planning documents and insurance policies.

After your list is complete, try to locate and organize all of the documents on your list. You will need your own records of all important documents, so it can be a good time to make any necessary copies and find a secure place to store your files separate from your spouse’s files.

When organizing, try to group similar items together, so you can quickly find what you need. However, the way you group documents is up to you.

Although many factors of your situation can affect your divorce outcome. However, organization is one factor you can control, and it can be helpful to make the most of all controllable factors to help reach your desired divorce outcome.