Protect Your Finances During A Divorce
If there is a possibility your marriage is going to end in the near future, and you are not sure what the future will hold for you, you may want to start taking the right precautions now. You have to make sure that you are safeguarding your financial security for later.
Reduce unnecessary expenses as soon as you can. Meet with your spouse and agree to cancel utilities and other bills. You will definitely need to have money later on and this is a way to save. Sell off your personal property that you no longer need or want. You can do this now to avoid losing it later on.
Cancel all of your jointly owned credit cards. You both need to agree to cancel the cards and get your own individual ones. This is imperative, because you don't want your spouse making charges on the card that you may end up paying back in the future. Canceling the cards now can save you money later on.
You may want to separate the jointly owned bank accounts. If you have bank accounts together, you may want to divide the money first. If not, your spouse may decide to go and take care of the money on their own and leave you with nothing. If you have outstanding bills for the home, make sure you're both aware of the situations so that that arrangements can be made to pay for them. If you do open up a different bank account, do it at a different bank.
Stop contributing to combined accounts like 401K and pension plans. Telling your place of employment usually does this. Make the necessary arrangements so that your money is not being added to this account. You have to do this until you find out what will happen to those accounts and who will benefit from them.
Make sure you have a source of income. If you have a job, now is not a good time to quit, and if you do not have a job, try and find one. You have to make sure that you are protecting yourself and able to raise your family. If you are not obtaining any income from your spouse, you will have to do something to support your monthly needs. You may want to ask your 'soon to be ex' if they can help you financially until the divorce proceedings are over. This is only recommended if you are ending the divorce on civil terms. If you are fighting over everything and not getting along, you need to contact your attorney and have them ask for you.