Divorce Rates Skyrocket
Updated: Sep 25
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What do you do to prepare?
Divorce Rates Skyrocket
Divorce rates around the world have unfortunately skyrocketed due to COVID-19. There are thousands of reports and stories about couples fighting while working from home.
If you or your spouse want a divorce, here's what you can do to prepare:
1. Do not email or text in anger: Your messages will be used against you in court and may negatively impact your case.
2. Do not post anything on social media: These too will be used against you. Again, anything you write down is fair game. Of course, this does not mean you should delete all your social media accounts. Just don’t post anything that has to do with the divorce and your soon-to-be ex-partner.
3. Inventory all assets and debts: Assets include bank accounts, investment accounts, insurance accounts, retirement accounts, etc. Debts include credit cards, student loans, mortgages, medical debt, etc.
4. Keep a record of your expenses: This will help to show the Court what your needs are during, and possibly after, your divorce.
5. Consult an attorney.
When you do consult an attorney, take note of these do's and dont's:
1. Be honest with your attorney. You’re protected by the attorney/client privilege.
2. When your attorney requests information or documents from you, respond quickly and make sure you’ve given him all his asked for. Help him, help you.
3. Make a list of all property you (and your spouse) own.
4. Gather financial documents. (Tax returns, bank statements, securities account information, corporate records, partnership agreements, real estate transaction documents, etc.)
5. List all the activities you participate in with your children.
6. Make a monthly budget for your household.
1. Do not involve your children in the divorce.
2. Do not argue with your spouse. Your attorney will do the fighting for you.
3. Do not speak negatively about your spouse to or near your children.
4. Unless directed by your attorney, do not change the locks to your home.
5. Divorcing your spouse is an emotionally charged process. Try not to get overly emotional around your children: Their sense of insecurity is at stake.
6. Do not deny your spouse access to the children, unless your attorney has advised you otherwise. Or, there is a compelling reason to do so (i.e. domestic violence, abuse, etc.)