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  • Writer's pictureLaurie M. Wasserman

What To Do Immediately After Filing For Divorce

Divorce can be stressful and messy, even if you intend to split up amicably. Our team at Wasserman Family Law sees all kinds of cases, from the out-of-court settlement to the court battles over the smallest of details. We have a specific checklist for our clients to consider If they want to get a divorce.

We understand that no divorce is alike, and this list is not a substitute for legal advice. Our team is here to support you no matter your situation. If you are seeking legal representation or have questions about divorce, please contact us at 410-842-1070.

Here are some of the things you should consider doing If you are getting a divorce:

1. Make sure you are safe. Above all else, you must ensure that you are safe financially, physically, and emotionally. If you are not able to ensure your safety, we encourage you to seek help as soon as possible.

2. Change all the passwords for your personal accounts. If you have any accounts under solely your name, we highly encourage you to change the passwords to ensure their security from your spouse—especially if they know your current passwords or have access to your accounts. This Includes your email and cell phone password, as your lawyer will likely want to communicate with you using one of those two methods.

3. Make a list of all financial accounts. Your lawyer Is going to ask you questions about what assets you have In your name, In your spouse's name, and In joint names. It helps If you can keep a list of account names and balances as a reference.

4. Engage with a trusted family law attorney. At the Law Office of Laurie M. Wasserman, our team advocates for and empowers our clients to make the right decisions for their specific situation. We guide our clients through the legal system to help them achieve their goals and move on to the next chapter in their life as soon as possible.

5. Considering open your own checking and/or savings account(s). If you do not already have a separate checking or savings account, we recommend opening one to help ensure your financial independence, safety and stability.

6. Keep a diary of important things that happen in your case. You may need to reference certain events or provide specific evidence to help your case. We encourage you to be diligent in maintaining accurate records and saving anything of possible significance.

We understand that divorce is life-changing and we are here to help you see the light at the end of the tunnel. You should not—and will not—go through the divorce process alone. We recommend that before taking any of these actions, you consult with your lawyer.

If you have questions about divorce, please contact Laurie Wasserman at or 410-842-1070. The legal team at Wasserman Family Law is here to help guide and advocate for you.

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