The implications and impact divorce can have on your life can be overwhelming. There’s not just the emotional side to deal with, there are often children to think of, housing to sort out and complex legal details. In this time of turmoil, you need compassion, straight talk, and practical solutions. You might be wondering how can I protect my interests prior to a divorce? At Springer and Lyle, we’re here to help you by advocating for you with the best representation possible during this difficult time. Here are some important steps to take when beginning the divorce process.
Make Copies of Your Financial Records. This information will be important when evaluating maintenance or support needed. If possible, keep the records at a trusted friend, in a safe deposit box or anywhere that is not on site in the marital home.
Open New Bank Accounts. This is not the time to be tying up money in long-term investments. Keep money in your name only in easily accessible accounts so you can get your money quickly if you need it.
Acquire a Copy of Your Credit Report. In some acrimonious splits, a spouse will attempt to run up credit cards or take out loans on cards. Protect your credit rating by closing and freezing joint accounts and paying attention to the charges that have been recently made.
Change Medical Directives and Living Wills. If you don’t want to your soon-to-be ex receiving death benefits or making decisions on your medical care, then it’s best to remove them from these documents. Once the divorce is final, you can have the documents legally re-written, but for the time being removing them is your best bet.
Make a No-Obligation Appointment. Contact us to have us review your situation and make suggestions on how to move forward.