Going through a divorce is incredibly stressful. There are so many different emotions that you will go through, not to mention the legal battle that must be fought. This is why it is so important that you do everything that you can to protect yourself before and during the divorce. Here are a couple things you should to do help the divorce run smoothly.
1. Don't Leave The House Until You Have A Legal Separation Agreement
Although you and your spouse may be fighting a lot, you shouldn't leave the house if at all possible. Once you abandon the house, you give your spouse possession of the house. Your spouse could change the locks and prevent you from coming onto the property for some time. This won't be a permanent thing, but it could last for a while until you can get the formal separation agreement, or the divorce is final and your spouse is ordered by a judge to let you come onto the property to get all of your things.
If you have to leave the property because you are in danger, take what you need and don't expect to get back in until after the divorce.
2. Don't Leave Until Custody Has Been Determined
Custody battles can be incredibly hard to fight, and your spouse may do anything they can to prove that you are not a trustworthy parent. One of the worst things you can do is abandon the children. When you abandon the children you send a message that you don't believe that you are responsible for their care. You pretty much say that your spouse is the primary parent. If there is abuse, you need to take the children with you. You should never leave them in a dangerous situation. This is why you should stay with the children, and keep them with you as much as possible during the divorce so that it is obvious that you are an integral part of their lives.
3. Have A Separate Bank Account
During a divorce, money may be a sensitive topic. Any account that has both of your names on it may be hard to access. In addition, your spouse may empty the account, leaving you with nothing. This is why it is important that you have a bank account that is in your name only. If you can see that things are getting rocky in your marriage, start saving. This money could be what you live off of during the divorce.
By doing these things you can protect yourself during your divorce. For more help, contact a family lawyer like Charles P Dargo.