By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida
If you are thinking about divorce, you just never know if things will turn out amicable or nasty. To protect yourself, I advise my clients to start photocopying every document they can get their hands on which shows money coming into the marriage or money going out. This includes credit card bills, bank statements, income streams, pay stubs, tax returns, receipts and the like.
But sometimes divorces turn very nasty, and involve the theft or destruction of one’s property. Yes, just like in the movies. I advise my clients to remove all small valuable items from the home, like diamond engagement rings, which have nothing to do with the divorce, inherited jewelry, any small items of value that are separate property.
To protect expensive handbags, shoes, clothing, furs, artwork, silverware, fine china, antique furniture, cars, pianos, etc. , I recommend photos or videos to document what was there and in what condition. That way, if your husband or wife were to go into the nasty zone, you have proof of what was there along with its condition for trial or for settlement.
Don’t take anything for granted. It is easy enough to protect yourself and your property. For more information about this or other divorce topics, call one of the divorce lawyers at ROBIN ROSHKIND, P.A. at 561 835 9091 or click on the Firm’s web site at http://www.familylawwpb.com.