Legal processes require copious amounts of documents and paperwork, and you’re in charge of staying organized during this major life event. The number of documents you receive seem to go from zero to one hundred in seconds. Continue reading to learn how to stay organized during your divorce so that you can avoid losing documents and becoming overwhelmed.
Get a large binder and notebook
A lot of documents are digital, and many people take notes on their phones nowadays. However, you’re also going to receive a lot of paper copies of documents in the mail and from your attorney. Get yourself a binder with plenty of space; you’re also going to need a notebook to take notes during meetings, phone calls, and video calls with your attorney, financial advisor, insurance agent, and so on.
Gather all your primary documents early
To save yourself from stressing out, start gathering documents earlier rather than later. You’ll need several documents as you prepare for divorce; for instance, you’ll want to gather all your financial documents, including bank statements, credit card statements, investments, and 401(k) accounts. If you and your spouse have children, you’ll also need documents that show their school information and the cost of extracurricular activities.
Are you overwhelmed already? That’s why you need to make sure to categorize every single document. One of the best ways to stay organized during your divorce is by getting as specific as you can. For instance, create a category for your financial documents in your binder. If you want, you could further break down the categories into investments and pay stubs.
Have digital backups
Of course, even with a binder and notebook, you should have digital backups of everything. Set up a secure cloud storage folder in OneDrive, Google Drive, or iCloud in which to store your backups. You never know what could happen to your physical documents. Someone might spill something on them, or you could misplace your binder. Additionally, you should be wise when you’re setting down your binder in the first place. Get a house safe, and anytime you’re not using the binder and notebook, you should put them back into your safe.
We understand a divorce is never an easy process, but it’s important to remember there will be aspects you can and can’t control. If you focus your energy on your well-being and on the factors that are in your control—such as staying organized—the process will be a little easier.