Obtaining competent and reliable information, legal and financial advice is important
because it can move you in the direction of an easier, faster and better overall divorce
experience. You must be informed and educated, develop a divorce plan or strategy,
and become the manager of your own divorce case.
The necessary requirements of a successful divorce in New York include preparation on
three different levels: mental, emotional and financial. Before you start your divorce
case, before you take any affirmative action, prepare yourself and think about your
case, your life, your children and make a detailed, specific list of everything you want to
achieve including the divorce or separation, consistent with your life goals and values,
your children's best interests, property and overall financial security.
The issues of the legal divorce in New York are very specific with regard to your
finances, the equitable distribution of marital property, custodial arrangements that are
in your children's best interests, child support and maintenance.
1. Put your papers in order
Put your divorce papers in order. Keep copies of important financial documents in a
secure place. Critical financial papers, include tax returns, insurance policies and bank
statements, investment accounts, salaries and benefit programs.
2. Keep an expense journal
Keep a journal of all expenses with receipts, especially your children's expenses
3. Establish credit
Try to establish personal credit relationships (gasoline credit cards, department stores
and national credit car companies such as Visa, MasterCard, etc.)
4. Open a bank account in your name
Open a new bank account in your name at a bank where your spouse does not do
business. Start putting away as much money as possible, on a regular basis. Later on,
when you separate, you will need to have available funds to retain a divorce attorney
and to pay for your day to day living expenses in case your spouse refuses to pay for
your support. If your spouse withholds finan