Protect Yourself in Divorce

Let’s face it, divorce can get downright nasty. Someone you once shared everything with can show a side you’ve never seen, suddenly scratching and clawing to leverage a brutal case against you. That’s why, regardless of how nice things were before the relationship went south, the following advice, from an About.com Divorce Support article makes a lot of sense:

Documents:

Move your documents, records and other papers somewhere else, like a friend’s house or your attorney’s office. You can expect that your children’s mother will be going through your desk, briefcase, automobile, telephone records, bills, and computer, looking for financial information and other evidence to use against you.

Inventory:

Make a list of everything in the house. Take pictures or video tape everything if you wish. Be sure to date your inventory. Include furniture, furnishings, appliances, clothing and jewelry. Then you will know if something turns up missing, and you will have evidence of it.

Many a divorcee’s regretted uttering the words, “it won’t happen to me.”  The reality is that you just don’t know what’s going to happen when you first begin a divorce, making preventative measures one of the best ways to ensure that you get a fair deal in court. A good lawyer should be able to recommend even more, so don’t forget to ask your legal counsel what else you should be doing to protect yourself!