Protecting Yourself as You Prepare for Your Divorce
Whether you have decided to file for divorce or have just learned of your spouse’s intention to do so, here are some steps you can take to protect yourself, your children and your assets:
- Consult an attorney: Divorce attorneys are knowledgeable on the steps you should take to protect yourself before divorce proceedings begin. Let their knowledge be an asset to you as you move forward.
- Gather and copy all important records: These records could include a birth certificate, diploma, tax documents, real estate records, financial statements and other personal documents. Keep your copies in a safe spot.
- Close joint credit cards if necessary: Be sure to inform your spouse of your decision to do this before you actually take this step. This would prevent your spouse from racking up expenses out of spite.
- Keep a record of marital property and non-marital property: This will help with the property division process once the divorce actually begins.
- Place all valuables in a secure location: You don’t want these objects to mysteriously vanish right as the divorce is about to begin.
For more tips related to putting yourself in the best possible position before your divorce, speak with a skilled Minneapolis lawyer at Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A.