It is important to understand the good and bad behaviors that can impact the outcome of a court proceeding. If you are going through a divorce, it is in your best interest to reach out to an experienced New York divorce attorney to learn more about these behaviors.
What are the dos of a divorce?
A spouse’s behavior can have a huge impact on the result of a court proceeding. That is why it is important to note that if you are going through a divorce, you should do the following:
- Change passwords to all email accounts and social media sites
- Disclose all assets and liabilities when filling out your inventory
- Be aware of the household budget and expenses
- Collect your last two tax returns, real estate deeds, and mortgage documents
- Examine your credit history and get a credit report
- Know the total balance on any joint checking and savings bank accounts
- Know the balance on your retirement plans, 401(k), pension plan, etc.
- Get 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
- Seek help for any alcohol or illegal substance abuse
- Keep a journal to document the exchange and pick up of any children you have
- Keep any copies of money paid to your spouse
- Be sure to pay your child support on time
- Maintain good co-parenting practices with your spouse
- Comply with any court-ordered injunctions and restrictions
What are the don’ts of a divorce?
On the other hand, there are also behaviors that you should not do if you are in the middle of a divorce. In many cases, bad behaviors can have a negative impact on a court proceeding outcome. If you are going through a divorce, be sure not to:
- Post information regarding your divorce on social media
- Withhold visitation from your spouse for their failure to make child support payments
- Move out of state with your children
- Keep things from your attorney
- Start another romantic relationship during the proceedings
- Bring a new significant other around your children or the court hearings
- Get pregnant or get anyone pregnant
- Remove children from their current school
- Buy real estate or any extravagant items while the divorce is pending
- Sell property without the court’s permission
- Send mean or negative emails, texts, messages, etc. to your spouse
- Increase your debt while the divorce is pending
- Criticize your spouse in front of your children
- Give large contributions to anyone during the proceedings
- Discuss the case with your children or use them as intermediaries
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