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How Can I Protect Myself During a Divorce?

Making the decision to get a divorce or having it suddenly sprung on you by your spouse can be devastating. But even though it is a traumatic time, it is important not to completely succumb to your emotions. Be sure to protect yourself throughout the divorce process so that you are not taken advantage of or end up with the short end of the stick.

Here are some tips to protect you during a divorce:

  • Store documents. Gather all of your financial documents, property deeds, insurance policies, as well as personal documents like birth certificates and social security cards. You will need these down the line, so make copies and store the originals in a safe place.
  • Cancel joint credit cards. This will protect you against future charges on the card in case your spouse decides to go on a shopping spree. Be sure to notify your spouse of the cancellation.
  • Safeguard personal property. If you have any valuables that are rightfully yours, keep them in a safe place.
  • Tell your friends. It is no time to be silent and alone. Having people to talk to can be a huge help while going through a tough divorce.
  • Begin keeping a journal. It is a good idea to start documenting time spent with children, phone calls, arguments, marital property and anything else that may be relevant to your divorce. Be sure to date all entries.

First and foremost, you want to contact an experienced divorce attorney in Houston who can help you through the process. Call a family lawyer today for a consultation.

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Robert Reid McInvale is an experienced family law attorney with a comprehensive practice in Houston. He provides dedicated and strong advocacy for his clients, helping them with all the issues surrounding their divorce, separation, child custody, and other marriage and family matters. Attorney McInvale—Reid to clients and friends—seemed destined for a law career. Born while his father was attending Emory University Law School, Reid grew up in Manchester, GA. His father was the city attorney for many years, as well as head of the Manchester Chamber of Commerce. It is in the family blood to become lawyers and help people get justice. U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall is part of the McInvale family tree.

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