When I say 'be cognizant of evidence' I mean evidence that can work for you against your spouse and evidence that can be used by your spouse against you. If you are doing something illegal, stop doing it. If you have a problem, take the necessary steps to correct it and document the steps you've taken to show you've bettered yourself. If your spouse has a problem with drugs or alcohol, make sure you are able to prove it in court.
The information contained herein is going to be most useful prior to the start of the separation process. Make sure you spend time with your child. This seems obvious, and a no brainer even when you are not looking at the probability of separating from your spouse, but sometimes people are overworked and do not spend the amount of time necessary to positively affect their child’s life. Keep in mind that your kid is going to be going through this separation as well and it’s going to be tough on them. Make it as easy for him/her as you can and start by getting familiar with these guidelines.
Welcome to my five (5) part series titled "What Should I Know When Going Through a Separation?" Today, I am discussing financial support. This means financially supporting not only your children, but also your spouse. That is, if your spouse does not have the resources to adequately meet his/her needs and you have the means to support him/her. Probably not what you want to read, but you can save time and money in the future by making sure you do this correctly.