Getting ready to move out of the marital home? If so, do these things first, a Denver divorce & family lawyer explains. Here’s why.

Getting ready to move out of the marital home? If so, do these things first, a Denver divorce & family lawyer explains. Here’s why.

Two of the tough decisions that divorcing people will have to make is whether they can continue to live together as their divorce proceeds and, if not, who will stay in the home and who has to move out.

Of course, when abuse or domestic violence may be an issue, victims should always move out to protect themselves and their children. If this isn’t a factor, however, staying versus moving out can have different implications on your future divorce case. We’ll discuss these in a future blog.

For now, we’ll focus on situations in which people have already decided that it is time to vacate their marital home. For these people, doing the following things can be critical before moving out because it can help them start to protect their rights and interests in an upcoming divorce case.

Before Moving Out for Good…

  1. Make copies of all your important financial documents – If you are moving out, you may not be able to get back in the house later to get ahold of these documents. So take advantage of your current access to them and make copies of everything significant you can get your hands on.

    Just some of the important paperwork to track down and copy include asset-related documents (such as titles to property, bank statements, pay stubs, income tax returns, retirement account statements, etc.) and debt-related documents (such as credit card bills and loan documents).

  2. Inventory your marital assets – Take the time to document all of your shared assets (to the best of your ability). If possible, take pictures of each asset so you have a photo inventory, affirming the existence and condition of each asset. You never know when an ex may try to pull one over on you later in divorce; this inventory can help you protect your interests in the marital assets if (s)he does try to conceal assets later.
  3. Find the right location to move to – If you have children, be careful in choosing your new location, as your choice could impact both temporary and permanent custody determinations in divorce. In general, it’s best to consider safe, family-friendly locations that are going to be close enough to the other parent, the children’s school(s), etc.
  4. Consult a divorce lawyer – This is essential, as you may find out a lot more about what you can do to continue positioning yourself for a favorable divorce outcome.

Contact a Denver Divorce & Family Lawyer at the Law Office of Bruce H. Rabun, LLC

To effectively protect your interests in a divorce case, contact Denver Divorce & Family Lawyer Bruce H. Rabun. For more than 30 years, Bruce H. Rabun has been dedicated to providing each of his clients with caring, aggressive, personalized representation and the highest quality legal services as he effectively guides them through life’s changes.

Schedule an initial consult with Attorney Bruce H. Rabun today by calling (303) 221-7899 or by emailing our firm using the contact form on this page. From our office in Centennial, we represent people throughout the Denver metro areas, Arapahoe County, Douglas County and Jefferson County.

Categories: Divorce, Planning/Preparing for Divorce