Dos and Dont’s of a Divorce | What You Need to Know

A divorce is a difficult process, but there are some things you can do to make it easier. Certain behaviors can negatively impact your divorce proceedings, while others can help the situation go smoothly. Read on to learn more about the dos and don’ts of a Massachusetts divorce.

Divorce Dos

If you are going through a divorce, make sure to:

  • If you have to pay your spouse any amount of money, document it. Paying your spouse via check is a good way to do so.
  • Always pay your child support and other payments on time.
  • Look out for your children’s well-being.
  • Follow all court orders.
  • Keep your last two tax returns ready.
  • Have a credit report done, as good credit will come in handy after a divorce.
  • Understand your retirement plan’s balance.
  • Have a copy of your spouse’s last two paycheck stubs.
  • Change your passwords.
  • Fully disclose all liabilities and assets.
  • If you have an alcohol or drug abuse problem, ensure you seek treatment and have that treatment documented.
  • Write down all times you drop your children off with your spouse and pick them up.
  • Financially plan for living alone.

Divorce Dont’s

During your divorce, it is important that you do not:

  • Get into a new relationship.
  • If you do get into a new relationship, do not post about it on social media.
  • Get pregnant.
  • Send nasty texts to your spouse–do not text your spouse anything you wouldn’t want a judge to see.
  • Don’t post about your divorce on social media–avoid social media altogether if possible.
  • Deny your spouse parenting time.
  • Lie to your attorney.
  • Talk about your spouse on social media.
  • Relocate with your children.
  • Speak negatively about your spouse to your children.
  • Donate large contributions to organizations.
  • Take your children out of school.
  • Make large purchases, such as on a new car, boat, or vacation.

If you are getting divorced, you will need an experienced attorney on your side. We are here to advocate for you and walk you through the process every step of the way. Reach out today to discuss your case.

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