What do you need to know if you are preparing to file for divorce in San Diego? It is always important to have a plan for your divorce and every different family situation is unique. This is why it is important to work with the proven, experienced Certified Family Law Attorneys at Burke & Domercq. We will talk with you about what concerns you most and discuss how to develop strategies which will help you to accomplish important goals and objectives.
Organization is one of the most important steps in the process of preparing to file for divorce in San Diego. There is a lot of information which must be pulled together and organized. There is a lot of documentation associated with a divorce. It is important to locate and copy all business and personal tax returns for the past 3 years. This should include W2’s, K1’s and paycheck stubs. You will also want to gather credit card statements, bank statements and documentation for any retirement asset or investment vehicle for the same period of time. Don’t forget to obtain copies of existing life, home, auto and other insurance coverages.
The next step for many when preparing to file for divorce in San Diego is to change all of the passwords to every electronic account or profile. This includes e-mail, social media applications, bank and financial apps, cloud accounts and, if your former spouse has moved out, your wi-fi (router) password. Make sure to select a new format for your passwords that you’ve never used before and your former spouse will not be able to guess. You’ll also want to get together the hard copies of your important documents such as your birth certificate, social security card and passport.
Another successful strategy when preparing to file for divorce in San Diego is to capture an inventory of all important possessions, artwork, collections and personal property. In some cases you can simply record a video of each room in your home. This helps to preserve a record of the existence of these items as well as their condition.
A word of caution: do not use unauthorized account access such as a spouse’s password to access accounts or social media. This can open a substantial legal can of worms on many fronts. If there is something we need access to our attorneys will seek the information during “discovery.”
Protect your own interests and contact us or call 760-434-3330 to schedule an appointment for a remote or socially distanced consultation with one of our experienced Certified Family Law Specialists.