Emotions are running high and thought processes are often affected. When the Pennsylvania resident has finally had enough and decided that it is time to file for divorce, the ability to make sound decisions and take action may be affected. Yet, even with the emotional turmoil, it is necessary for the individual to take the necessary steps in order to move on with life.

One of first steps is to find an attorney. It may be tempting to just pick up the phone and start pouring out the story. However, this may not always be the best idea. The soon-to-be divorcee will want to gather his or her thoughts and documents prior to sitting down and making decisions.

If there are any legal documents already in place, such as a restraining order or court-ordered child support, these will need to be included. Additionally, the Pennsylvania resident will want to obtain copies of tax returns and financial statements, including banking, investment, retirement and credit accounts. Income information such as pay stubs and W-2’s is also helpful. Documents regarding ownership of assets, including real property and businesses, should also be included.

The decision to divorce is often an emotional one. However, at the end of the process, emotions fade but reality is what must be dealt with. Thus, it is essential that the Pennsylvania resident has experienced legal counsel negotiating and working toward the settlement that will be in the individual’s best interest. Then, when all is said and done, the new divorcee can move on with life.