What are the Dos and Don’ts of a Divorce in New Jersey?

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It is important to note that a spouse’s behavior during their divorce process can have a large impact on the result of the proceeding. If you are going through a divorce, you should reach out to one of our experienced New Jersey divorce attorneys to learn more about these behaviors and how to ensure that your divorce will run as smoothly as possible.

What are the dos of a divorce?

The goal for most spouses in a divorce proceeding is for it to go as easily as possible. In order to move the process along in a positive way, spouses should join in the following actions:

  • 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
  • Change passwords to all email accounts and social media sites
  • 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
  • Comply with any court-ordered injunctions and restrictions
  • 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

What are the don’ts of a divorce?

On the contrary, there are many actions you should avoid if you are going through a divorce. They are as follows:

  • Post information regarding your divorce on social media
  • Withhold visitation from your spouse for their failure to make child support payments
  • Keep things from your attorney
  • Post anything on social media that can be used against you
  • Move out of state with your children
  • Start another romantic relationship during the proceedings
  • Criticize your spouse in front of your children
  • 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

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Our firm proudly represents clients in New Jersey who are faced with matters of family law, criminal defense, business law, real estate law, or estate planning. If you require strong and dedicated representation for any of your legal matters, please do not hesitate to contact The Law Offices of George J. Mardinly to schedule a consultation.