Rarely does divorce catch a person by surprise. Whether the decision to file ultimately comes from you or your spouse, in most cases, there are signs that things are not working for months or years before the process of ending your marriage actually gets started. It is important to understand that the things that you say and do in the period leading up to your divorce can have an impact on the how smoothly the process goes and the ultimate outcome of your case.
Here are some of the things you should do if you think a divorce may be on the horizon.
If you decide to separate while your divorce is pending as many couples do, you suddenly may have limited access to the home in which you have been living. You may want to rent an apartment, open a bank account, file your taxes, or open a credit card, all of which will require documentation. As a result, if you think that you may be headed for divorce, you should collect things like your social security card, your pay stubs, your birth certificate, tax returns, and any other documents that may be necessary to function as an independent adult.
These days, many people carefully curate their social media presence in order to give an impression of an idyllic life. You should keep in mind, however, that the things that you post on social media can be used as evidence in your divorce case. For example, if you post pictures of yourself buying a new wardrobe or going out to eat at expensive restaurants, it may call into question whether you need alimony. Similarly, if you post pictures of yourself out drinking with friends, it may cast doubt on your ability to provide a stable home life for your children.
If you suspect that a divorce may be in your future, the best that you can do is talk to an attorney as soon as possible. Even if are able to reconcile with your spouse, doing so will answer any questions that you may have and ensure that your legal rights are protected. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call Piazza, Simmons & Grant, LLC today at 203-348-2465. If you would prefer to reach us online, please fill out and submit our online contact form.