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What You Should (And Should Not) Do in a Divorce

If you are someone who is ready to begin the divorce process, there are several things you should first understand regarding what you should, and should not, do. Please continue reading and reach out to our experienced New Jersey divorce attorney to learn more. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What should I do if I am getting divorced?

If you are getting a divorce, there are several actions you should take to help improve the chances of a positive outcome. You should do the following:

  • If you have to pay your spouse, do so via check or another way that the exchange is documented.
  • If you owe child support, pay it on time.
  • Be a good co-parent. Your children come first.
  • Ensure that you closely follow all court-ordered injunctions and restrictions
  • Change your passwords to bank accounts, social media, etc.
  • Disclose your liabilities and assets
  • Ensure you fully understand the tax implications of your divorce–you can do this with an accountant
  • If you have an alcohol addiction or substance abuse problem, seek help immediately
  • Document all the times you pick up or drop off your children with dates
  • Have a financial plan in place for when you are living alone
  • Ensure you have your last two tax returns
  • Get a credit report–having good credit is key
  • Know the balance on your retirement plans
  • Ensure you receive a copy of your spouse’s last two paycheck stubs

What should I avoid doing if I am getting a divorce?

You should avoid many things when going through the divorce process, some of which are as follows:

  • Being dishonest with your attorney
  • Posting about your spouse on social media
  • Move away with your children
  • Get pregnant
  • Send threatening texts to your spouse
  • Posting about your divorce on social media
  • Posting about a new relationship on social media–you should not start another relationship during divorce proceedings
  • Tell your spouse he or she cannot be with the kids
  • Give out large contributions to organizations or otherwise
  • Speak badly about your spouse in front of your children
  • Remove your children from school
  • Make large purchases while proceedings are going on
  • Sell property

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.