Divorce is known for being complicated and overwhelming, thus, it's
no wonder why some things "slip" through the cracks. Sometimes
though, these things can be big and have a significant impact. To avoid
the common pitfalls of divorce, follow our divorce checklist:
1. Pull your credit report twice during your divorce.
It's not uncommon to find out months or years after the divorce that
there was a sizeable credit card bill that you forgot to deal with during the
divorce. To avoid this hassle, pull your credit report before and at the end of
2. Get a P.O. Box to protect your privacy.
It's common for married couples to open mail addressed to both of
them, but during divorce, your spouse may open mail that you don't
want him or her to read, for example, a letter from your attorney. Our advice:
get a P.O. Box ASAP.
3. Protect your online accounts.
It's highly likely that your spouse (or their attorney, friends or
relatives) will cyber-spy on you. Since there's a good chance that
your spouse knows or could find out your passwords for your email, social
media and financial accounts, be sure to change
all of your passwords and create a new email account.
4. Make sure all money is properly transferred.
If you got a judgement that says that your ex is supposed to transfer
money from their retirement account, you need to get a Qualified Domestic
Relations Order (QDRO) to ensure that that money is actually transferred;
the divorce judgement won't do it for you.
5. Secure your irreplaceable items.
In the midst of divorce, it's not uncommon for jewelry and family
photographs to mysteriously disappear. If you wait months or years to
get your personal items, they may not be there when you go looking or
asking for them. Be sure to put your irreplaceable items someplace safe that is
outside of your home!
To learn more about the "divorce checklist,"
contact our Los Angeles divorce attorney!