When you are going through a divorce, emotions and desperation might be the leading factors that determine your actions. Even though those are factors that you need to deal with during the divorce, you must still ensure that you are protecting yourself throughout the process. If you are heading toward divorce or in the process of one, make sure that you take care of these easily overlooked mistakes.
Gather all information that you might need while you have the chance to do so. This includes anything related to finances, the children, debts, and anything else you feel is important. If you can’t keep the originals of these items, make copies of them so that you have those in case the originals happen to disappear while you are going through the process of ending your marriage.
Secure your communications. You might not think that your ex will read your mail or go through your online accounts, but it is still important for you to ensure that your communications are all secure. Get a post office box if you and your ex are still sharing a mailbox. Change the passwords on your online accounts, including email accounts, social media accounts, and any other accounts that have your personal information.
Secure your personal items right away. This includes items like pictures, jewelry and heirlooms. By securing them now, you won’t have to deal with the possibility of them disappearing during the divorce.
It is important that you take all necessary steps to ensure that you are fully protected during the divorce. If you are unsure of any steps you should take, make sure that you get answers to the legal questions you have pertaining to the divorce as soon as possible.
Source: Huffington Post, “How a Simple Divorce Checklist Can Keep You From Making These 10 Common Mistakes,” Karen Covy, Oct. 12, 2015