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The Dos and Donts to Consider When Facing a Divorce

There are many actions that can benefit your divorce and there are many behaviors that can negatively impact your divorce. Continue reading to learn the “dos” and “don’ts” for someone facing a divorce.

Behavior That Will Benefit Your Divorce Proceedings

To achieve smooth divorce proceedings, it is important to take into consideration the following “dos” of a divorce. Benefit from the following actions when facing a divorce:

  • Keep any copies of money paid to your spouse
  • Keep a journal to document the exchange and pick up of your children
  • Be aware of your household budget and expenses
  • Seek help for any alcohol or illegal substance abuse
  • Maintain good co-parenting practices with your spouse
  • Know the total balance on any joint checking and savings bank accounts
  • Change the passwords to all of your email accounts 
  • Change the passwords to all of your social media sites
  • Know the balance on your retirement plans, 401(k), pension plan, etc.
  • When filling out your inventory, disclose all assets and liabilities
  • Collect your real estate deeds, and mortgage documents, your last two tax returns
  • Make a copy of your spouse’s last two paycheck stubs
  • Seek out a CPA or accountant to help review the tax implications of your divorce
  • Comply with any court-ordered injunctions and restrictions
  • Pay your child support on time
  • Examine your credit history 
  • Get a credit report

Behavior to Avoid When Facing a Divorce

There are many behaviors that can benefit a divorce and there are just as many behaviors that can negatively impact divorce proceedings. The following are the behaviors to avoid when facing a divorce to avoid complications and negative impacts on your future:

  • Withhold visitation from your spouse for their failure to make child support payments
  • Get pregnant or get anyone pregnant
  • Send mean or negative emails, texts, messages, etc. to your spouse
  • Start another romantic relationship during the proceedings
  • Bring a new significant other around your children or the court hearings
  • Remove children from their current school
  • Discuss the case with your children or use them as intermediaries
  • Criticize your spouse in front of your children
  • Move out of state with your children
  • Post information regarding your divorce on social media
  • Post content on social media that can be used against you
  • Buy real estate or any extravagant items while the divorce is pending
  • Sell property without the court’s permission
  • Increase your debt while the divorce is pending
  • Give large contributions to anyone during the proceedings
  • Keep things from your attorney

Contact our experienced Ocean City firm

Matters of divorce and family law require the attention and skill of an experienced attorney who will fight for your future. Not only is your financial well-being at stake, but in a divorce, both you and your children’s emotional well-being are at risk as well. If you need a divorce and family law attorney in Ocean County, New Jersey, please do not hesitate to contact the Law Office of Sarina Gianna, LLC today to schedule a consultation.