Good work! You have done several things that will benefit you throughout the divorce, and afterwards. The manner in which you left your home ensures a minimum of animosity, little likelihood of expensive hearings for temporary orders and a maximum assertion of your rights. You have set up a short-term lifestyle that preserves your rights over the long term to the full extent possible.

Now, start evaluating what you have to work with in the divorce proceeding. Determine your personal goals in the division of property, setting of support and arrangements for the children. Chapter Four will guide you through this preparation of your own Case Evaluation.

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