Preparing for an Organized Divorce – Information Modules

Module # 1 Creating a Filing System for your Separation and Divorce

Separation and Divorce involve a tremendous amount of paperwork. Divorce Matters will help you create a simple, straightforward filing system to get organized, and stay organized. When you are able to locate your documents and information easily, hours of wasted time for both you and your legal team will be avoided. Saving time means saving you money.

Module # 2 Creating a Separation and Divorce Calendar

The process of Separation and Divorce is time-consuming. You will have to manage your current life and work obligations as well as additional responsibilities such as co-ordinating legal/financial appointments, new childcare arrangements, and deadlines for legal documents. Divorce Matters will help you develop a customized calendar to stay on track and on time.

Module # 3 Creating a Contact List

Separation and Divorce impact every aspect of your life, including changing all passwords, locating and reviewing all assets and liabilities, and advising individuals and companies of your changed marital status. Divorce Matters will help you consolidate this information in a personalized Contact Summary List specifically designed to keep an accurate, current record of your contacts, and the institutions that you deal with.

Module # 4 Ensuring Your Privacy

Passwords are critical to protecting your privacy – and your assets. For almost everything you do on a computer, or in your interactions with the companies you do business with (credit cards, banks, hydro, heating companies,) there is a password. You may have always used the same password, you and your spouse may have shared passwords, or your spouse may know all your passwords. Divorce Matters will help you identify and change all passwords to ensure your privacy, so that no one else can access your accounts or communications.

Module # 5 Communications with your Divorce Team

Meetings with your lawyer and other members of your Divorce team, involve receiving and sharing a great deal of information, both about the process of Separation and Divorce in general, and the specifics of your situation. Divorce Matters will help you set up a system to keep a record of all meetings and communications ensuring that you are not dependent on your memory, but have notes to remind you of subjects discussed, outstanding tasks, and issues you need to follow up on.

Module # 6 The Importance of a Credit Report and Credit Score

It is vitally important that you protect yourself financially, and information is the key to protection.  An updated Credit Report and Credit Score will give you complete information about the existence of any open accounts for which you may have responsibility, your current credit rating, and your overall financial health. Divorce Matters will help you obtain these reports and provide guidance to ensure that the information on your report is accurate and up-to-date.

Module # 7 Financial Information – What You Need and How to Find It

During the Separation and Divorce process, you will need to gather detailed information about all of your income, expenses, assets and debts. Errors, omissions and a lack of knowledge in this crucial area will have an impact on every part of your Divorce settlement, and therefore on the rest of your life. Divorce Matters will help you locate, and organize this information so that it will be easier for your lawyer to negotiate the best possible outcome for you. Remember – you need to protect your post-separation future.

Module # 8 Financial Forms 13, 13.1, 13A, 13B, 13C – The Province of Ontario Financial Forms – Locating the Information You Need

Separation and Divorce is about the division of everything you own (assets) and owe (debts and liabilities). If you or your spouse is making a claim for child or spousal support, or there is property to divide, you will need to complete a Financial Disclosure form. This is a sworn document which must be filled out accurately, and honestly. This task can be overwhelming, especially if you have had little or no involvement in many of the financial decisions in your marriage. Divorce Matters will assist you, section by section, in locating the information required and completing the required paperwork.

Clients who have extended health benefits for Social Work services may be able to be reimbursed for Divorce Matters services. Check with your provider to see if you have coverage for Social Work services.

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A Divorce organized by Divorce Matters will help you:

•  Understand the Divorce process

•  Locate and organize the paperwork needed to negotiate important aspects of your Divorce

•  Complete your Financial Disclosure Forms 13, 13.1, required by your Divorce team

•  Save money on professional fees

•  Feel more in control of your life