Divorce Filing in the New Year

December 30, 2016

For better or worse, most couples in unhappy relationships hold off separating or divorcing until after the New Year. Capitalizing on the momentum that the New Year brings and the chance for a new beginning can bring new energy for people who want to improve their lives. If your marriage is broken beyond repair, why not start anew?

Whether the divorce will be amicable or one-sided is another story. Therefore, it pays to proceed with caution and heed some basic advice.

First, don’t move out of the house unless issues of personal safety are involved. The marital home is often the biggest asset negotiated over in divorce, so you don’t want to put yourself at a disadvantage.

Start gathering up your financial documents and other relevant information. The more you can organize the history of your marriage and parenting, the more effectively your lawyer can represent you.

Try to stay off social media or at least heighten your discretion in what you post. Do not erase data, delete emails or social media accounts, or throw away anything that you think might be relevant in court. Information is power.

Finally, try to keep the children out of it. Divorce ends your relationship with your spouse – not your child’s relationship with their parents. Keep your focus on what is in the best interest of the children, and co-parent accordingly.

Allen, Glassman & Schatz, LLC