There are many actions that may be frowned upon during a New York divorce proceeding. For example, hiding assets is something that a judge may not like to hear about. It may also be underhanded to share a spouse’s private information with friends or other family members without that person’s permission. Fortunately, there are things that a person can do to minimize the effects of those actions.
First, it may be wise for an individual to document any email, phone call or other communication related to the divorce. An attorney may be able to write a letter to the other person’s attorney asking that such actions stop immediately. When it comes to potential hiding of assets, an individual may take steps such as making note of any mail or other correspondence from a financial institution.
This may make it easier to get as much marital property as possible under state law. In many cases, assets such as a 401(k) or money in a bank account is marital property that can be divided in a divorce. A home that two spouses shared may also be awarded to one person or sold with the money being split between the two parties. Social Security benefits may also be impacted by divorce depending on a person’s age and the length of the marriage.
The end of a marriage may be a stressful time for all parties involved in or impacted by it. If a prenuptial agreement was created prior to the marriage, it may determine who gets certain assets or if either side is entitled to alimony. If such an agreement does exist, it may be a good idea to have an attorney review it to ensure that it is valid under current state law.