What are the Do’s and Don’ts of a Divorce in New York?

What are the Do’s and Don’ts of a Divorce in New York?

Going through a divorce is an emotional and sensitive time in a person’s life. There are many steps that must be taken before reaching the final conclusions of the process. Throughout this time that the proceedings take place, it is important for people to keep their actions in check and not do anything that can hurt the outcome of their divorce settlement. As there are an overwhelming amount of things to remember during this time, Zimmet Law Group, P.C. compiled a list of important do’s and don’ts to remember during this trying time. Continue reading below to learn more and contact our firm for further information and assistance.

What Should I Do?

The following are important things that a spouse should remember to do after filing a dissolution of their marriage:

  • Change all passwords to any 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?

The following are actions that should not be taken after filing for divorce, as it can potentially cause harm to the outcome of your proceedings:

  • 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

Zimmet Law Group, P.C. is an experienced team of attorneys guiding clients through matters of estate planning and administration, divorce and family law, real estate, commercial litigation, business law, bankruptcy, and landlord-tenant law. If you require the services of an effective New York City attorney, contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.

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