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

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If you are going through a divorce, it is important to note the good and bad behaviors that a spouse can have and the effects they can have on the outcome of their court proceedings. Contact our experienced New Jersey divorce attorneys at the Siragusa Law Firm to learn more.

What are the dos of a divorce?

The goal for any spouse going through a divorce is to have smooth running court proceedings. In order to bolster the chances of having a seamless proceeding, a spouse should begin the following during their divorce:

  • 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 are the don’ts of a divorce?

While there are many things you should do during the process of your divorce, there are also several things you should not do. The below examples can have a negative impact on the way the court proceedings run. They include:

  • Keeping things from your attorney
  • Posting anything on social media that can be used against you
  • Posting information regarding your divorce on social media
  • Withholding visitation from your spouse for their failure to make child support payments
  • Moving out of state with your children
  • Starting another romantic relationship during the proceedings
  • Bringing a new significant other around your children or the court hearings
  • Getting pregnant or getting anyone pregnant
  • Removing children from their current school
  • Buying real estate or any extravagant items while the divorce is pending
  • Selling the property without the court’s permission
  • Sending mean or negative emails, texts, messages, etc. to your spouse
  • Increasing your debt while the divorce is pending
  • Giving large contributions to anyone during the proceedings
  • Discussing the case with your children or use them as intermediaries
  • Criticizing your spouse in front of your children

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