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Don't forget these tips when going through divorce: Part I

Getting divorced can be a whirlwind of emotions, and it can be difficult to take a step back and look at the situation as a whole. Yet that is exactly what must be done to ensure that no crucial step is overlooked. Hiring a family law attorney in Rhode Island can be a good first step to take, since an attorney can provide the objectivity and know-how to handle a divorce case appropriately. In addition to hiring an attorney, the following two posts will go over some important steps to take to protect your interests in a divorce.

First of all, it is important both at the commencement of a divorce and after it is finalized to take a look at your credit report. This is because a credit report will detail a person's debts. Nothing can derail a person's finances faster than finding out there is an unpaid debt from a prior marriage that has been in that person's names for years and was never allocated to one spouse or the other during the debt division process.

Similarly, it is important for a spouse who is considering getting a divorce to collect all the documents they can about their finances early on. These documents can sometimes be difficult to locate once the divorce proceedings begin, so having copies of them in one's hands from the get-go can help.

It is an unfortunate fact that divorce can bring out the worst in some people. In today's digital age, people have a plethora of social media accounts, email accounts and other online accounts that require usernames and passwords, all of which one's spouse may know. Unscrupulous spouses may try to use this information to their unfair advantage and spy on their unsuspecting ex. To avoid this situation, it may be a good idea to change account passwords once the decision to divorce is made, or even delete existing accounts and create brand new ones instead. However, if you are planning a divorce or have started one, deleting damaging photos and references from a Facebook or similar account may be considered destroying evidence.  Similarly, some spouses may attempt to read their ex's mail. Getting your own separate P.O. box to have mail sent to after the decision to divorce is made can help prevent this from happening.  Using your work email allows your employer to read your mail to your lawyer and endanger confidentiality.  

These are only some steps to consider taking once the decision to divorce is made. Rhode Island couples facing a divorce may not know where to start. Seeking legal help in such situations can be a good starting point.

Source: The Huffington Post, "How a Simple Divorce Checklist Can Keep You From Making These 10 Common Mistakes," Karen Covy, Oct. 12, 2015

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