Planning to file for divorce in January? Do these things now

Planning to file for divorce in January? Do these things now

| Dec 2, 2020 | Divorce |

Are you contemplating a divorce in January? If so, you’re not alone. Every January, there’s a steady stream of couples making their way to attorneys. So much so, the first Monday every new year is commonly called “Divorce Day” in legal circles.

When Jan. 4, 2021 rolls around are you prepared?

When the time comes to take your first official steps toward divorce, you need to be as prepared as possible. Take these steps to get everything ready for your divorce:

  • Have a secure way to receive your mail. You don’t really want your soon-to-be-ex spouse to examine every piece of mail that comes to you during this time, so get a post office box, if possible. If not, consider diverting your mail to the home of a friend or relative.
  • Change your passwords. Your social media accounts, email, shopping accounts and cloud storage may all need to be updated with a secure password that your spouse doesn’t know (and can’t guess). Don’t forget to adjust your privacy settings, as well.
  • Gather all your financials. Paperwork is an essential part of your divorce, and that includes the last few years worth of your taxes, income statements, bank records, credit card bills, real estate titles and investments.
  • Figure out a budget. You have some big changes coming up, so you need to take stock of what money you have coming in, what’s going on and where you can economize. It’s also helpful to start looking around for a new place to live so you can plan for the future.
  • Open new accounts. You need to make certain that you have a bank account ready that isn’t shared with your spouse. The same goes for your credit cards. It’s easier to establish things in your own name right now, rather than waiting.

Have you consulted with an attorney?

Finally, you can’t really prepare for divorce until you understand exactly what the issues may be in your specific situation. It’s time to talk to an experienced family law attorney here in San Diego. Please continue reviewing our website or make an appointment to learn more.