While some couples are able to work together in divorce proceedings, divorce can turn some once loving spouses into bitter enemies. No matter how wonderful you once thought your spouse was, the unfortunate truth is that he or she may try to take advantage of you in the divorce process to get the better deal in the divorce settlement. If you believe divorce may be in your future, there are certain steps you can take to protect yourself and your interests.
Examine your finances–Take a close look at what you earn, what your spouse earns, and both of your earning potential for the future. Make sure the earnings match up with the amounts in the bank accounts to ensure your spouse is not hiding any assets from you. Learn all about the family debts and try to pay off as much as possible as soon as possible. Check your credit score and start saving money of your own.
Make a list of your possessions–Take inventory of any valuable or meaningful possessions, such as jewelry, furniture, collectibles, and more. Take photographs if possible, and pay attention to see if anything disappears.
Make copies of important documents–Gather important documents and make sure you have your own copy of anything, just in case your spouse tries to withhold any information. This should include financial statements, business statements if either of you are self-employed, insurance policies, wills, mortgage and automobile titles and documents, and more.
Contact a Virginia family law attorney today
Though admitting that you are likely getting divorced is difficult for many, it is best to prepare as much as possible so that your interests are best protected when the divorce is actually filed. Many spouses may attempt to deceive the other in order to emerge from the divorce with a better deal, but if you take some of the above steps, you will help your attorney be able to expose your spouse’s falsifications. If you believe divorce or even separation may be on the horizon for you, call experienced Virginia divorce lawyer Raymond B. Benzinger at (703) 312-0410 as soon as possible for help.