Each state has their own laws regarding the division of property between ex-spouses. When it comes to applying those laws, matrimonial judges have a great amount of flexibility.
Whether or not an attorney represents you, you should make sure to have done the following:
- Learn how the laws of your state function with respect to property division.
- Make sure to have the papers to confirm that property owned separately during the marriage has been kept separate.
- Be prepared to report any non-financial contributions to the marriage that you have made – such as any non-financial contributions to his/her financial success or spousal support while he/she went to school.
- Be willing to report any need for alimony or child support.
Consider having the divorce agreement supply you with funds if you have not worked outside of the home during the marriage.