3 things to do when contemplating divorce in California
You need to have an idea of what financial bumps may show up in the road to marital dissolution.
I will scan copies & pictures of assets and debtsDivorce requires full disclosure of separate and community property. Don't be shocked to find out that the love you married and shared a life together with now wants to leave you high and dry. Make copies of statements of savings accounts, checking accounts, credit card accounts, pensions, 401K, IRAs, life insurance policy, paystubs. Also, take inventory of furniture, jewelry, etc. Make sure that you can prove that those items existed at the time you allege they existed.
I will run a preliminary temporary spousal support calculationGenerally, if you are the hire earner you may have to pay temporary spousal support until the court determines amount and length of spousal support. Don't be shocked or unprepared. Get an idea what that will potentially look like by running the numbers either at your local law library or on-line.
I will run various scenarios of child support calculationsEven with 50/50 physical custody you may have to pay child support. The state of California has a formula that it uses when calculating child support. If both parents decide to remain in the same city it is very likely that parents will share 50/50 legal and physical custody.