What Actions Should I Avoid During Divorce Proceedings in New York?

What Actions Should I Avoid During Divorce Proceedings in New York?

There are several different parts to a divorce, which requires spouses to keep up with and remember many different things. Throughout this time, as it is an emotional and complex matter, the proceedings can become very frustrating and draw out uncomfortable emotions in a person. However, it is important to do the best you can to stay calm and do all the right things. This is because any improper behavior and actions can hurt the outcome of the divorce. To be aware of the do’s and don’ts of a divorce, the Law Office of Peter Jameson, LLC created a list. Continue reading below to learn more and contact our firm for guidance during this time. 

What Should I Do?

All spouses want their divorce to work out as best and as smoothly as possible. To help the process along the way, all spouses should engage in the following actions:

  • Change passwords to all email accounts and social media sites
  • Disclose all assets and liabilities when filling out your inventory
  • Be aware of the household budget and expenses
  • Collect your last two tax returns, real estate deeds, and mortgage documents
  • Examine your credit history and get a credit report
  • Know the total balance on any joint checking and savings bank accounts
  • Know the balance on your retirement plans, 401(k), pension plan, etc.
  • Get a copy of your spouse’s last two paycheck stubs
  • Seek out a CPA or accountant to help review the tax implications of your divorce
  • Seek help for any alcohol or illegal substance abuse
  • Keep a journal to document the exchange and pick up of any children you have
  • Keep any copies of money paid to your spouse
  • Be sure to pay your child support on time
  • Maintain good co-parenting practices with your spouse
  • Comply with any court-ordered injunctions and restrictions

What Should I Not Do?

Alternatively, there are also actions that should be avoided during divorce proceedings so that it does not harm the process. This can include: 

  • Keep things from your attorney
  • Post anything on social media that can be used against you
  • Post information regarding your divorce on social media
  • Withhold visitation from your spouse for their failure to make child support payments
  • Move out of state with your children
  • Start another romantic relationship during the proceedings
  • Bring a new significant other around your children or the court hearings
  • Get pregnant or get anyone pregnant
  • Remove children from their current school
  • Buy real estate or any extravagant items while the divorce is pending
  • Sell property without the court’s permission
  • Send mean or negative emails, texts, messages, etc. to your spouse
  • Increase your debt while the divorce is pending
  • Give large contributions to anyone during the proceedings
  • Discuss the case with your children or use them as intermediaries
  • Criticize your spouse in front of your children

Contact our Firm

The Law Office of Peter L. Jameson, PLLC understands the harsh implications of relocation can have on a child and his or her parents. When you have a contested relocation matter, it is important to have an experienced attorney to represent you in court. If you are faced with a relocation matter in Rockland County, contact The Law Office of Peter L. Jameson, PLLC today to schedule a consultation.