Things tend to process pretty quickly when you file for divorce. That’s one reason why attorneys generally recommend their clients to do some pre-planning in advance of filing. It gives them an upper hand in what transpires.
If you plan to request alimony, one thing you need to do is consider all of your bills and living expenses — because that’s the only way to calculate the right amount to ask for in your petition. There are some expenses that are, unfortunately, frequently overlooked in these cases.
Cash payments and withdrawals
One reason why many individuals use their credit or debit cards for purchases is to keep track of their spending. You may find it challenging to do this if you’re someone who tends to make random cash withdrawals and disposes of your receipts. Track what you spend cash on by keeping receipts every time you pay for something in the months prior to your divorce to make your calculations easier.
Many individuals give others gifts at certain times of the year and have a certain amount that they tend to spend. You’ll want to think about those different occasions and how much you allocate for each, as this may help you figure into how much spousal support you should request.
Seasonal, quarterly and annual bills
Car insurance, property taxes and car registration fees are examples of bills that you may pay quarterly or yearly. You may also have seasonal expenses such as lawn care or snow plowing. All of these often go unforgotten until they’re due, so you’ll want to sit down and write down the ones that you remember.
How to proceed with alimony negotiations
It can be challenging to remember all the different expenses you have if you’re not entirely in charge of your household’s finances and your marriage starts to unravel. It far better to get your alimony request right the first time than to modify the amount you receive later. An attorney can help you learn more.