TOP 7 DIVORCE DOS
Here are our Top 7 Divorce Dos:
You should make sure you take important documents where you need originals such as passports, and birth certificates.
If you don’t take the steps to secure these items while you still have access it may be difficult, or impossible, to get them later. This is especially true where old retirement accounts are at issue, and statements may not be available online. Following this simple step while you can will ensure we have the best information available.
What we mean is that if there are things of particular importance to you such as family heirlooms, pre-marital property, jewelry, collectibles, passports, birth certificates, etc. Much like important important documents, as outlined above, things left in the possession of one spouse that are important to the other, have a way of disappearing.
If there are things you want, even if it means you have to rent a storage unit in the short term while you figure out future living arrangements, it’s best to take them with you. Make sure you document everything, record what you take, and record what you leave, in the house. If you don’t you may regret it later.
Things you say to, or do with, friends could seriously damage your case if they get back to your spouse. That said, our advice is to be very, very, careful what you say to friends. If you need to vent go to a therapist, and don’t make potentially damaging statements to friends, or on social media.
Your lawyer isn’t your therapist, your therapist is your therapist. Your lawyer is there to help you navigate your legal problems, but your therapist will help you navigate the emotions that you encounter as your case progresses.
Keep in mind that once the process is over you will be free to begin a new chapter in your life with new people and new experiences.
Best practice is to leave financial accounts alone absent some agreement, in writing, with your spouse to move them around. As with most things, this is fact dependent, so discuss any particulars of your case with your lawyer before you take any action.
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