Orange County divorce proceedings can be complex, because these cases tend to involve aspects such as the finances and property of the spouses. Most spouses tend to dread divorce proceedings because of the uncertain future of their assets during and after the process of divorce. In this blog, we will give you steps you can follow to make sure your property stays protected all the way through your divorce.
The steps are as follows:
· Move The Documents And Personal Records To Someplace Safe
In times of divorce, you need complete protection and the level of trust around you can seem to dwindle on most occasions. In such situations, the first thing you should do is move your personal and property papers out of your joint family home and put them in some place safe that is only accessible by you.
This step will be done to make sure your property remains protected. These papers can include your birth certificates, deeds, and titles of the property and transaction records for the property. Make sure that you have a copy of all the documents that you move. One copy of all the documents should also be provided to your spouse.
· Make Sure you have a Catalog of the Marital Property
Making a video catalog of your marital property may seem a bizarre idea at first, but look into the reasoning and you are likely to understand. A video catalog will give you an accurate account of the marital property and it will help in distinguishing that from the inherited property and avoiding any such confusion in terms of future reference. When making a video catalogue though, there are a few things that should be taken into account:
- The date should be made visible when you are recording such a catalog. To make sure of the date at the start of the video, show today’s date on the TV written on some channel to make sure the data is verified.
- Make a thorough video and make sure that each and every asset and property from the marriage is visibly displayed to the camera.
· Make Sure your Personal Property is Safe
Personal properties such as gifts, photos, and other valuables in personal possession are among the top targets of angry spouses. There have been cases in where spouses have tried to destroy the personal belongings of the other spouses to try and inflict mental and emotional attack on the other spouse.
Gerald A. Maggio is an experienced Orange County divorce and family law lawyer and family law attorney located in Irvine, California, serving the Orange County and Riverside areas. Mr. Maggio assists clients with legal issues including divorce, legal separation, divorce mediation, child custody, prenuptial agreements, stepparent adoptions, and other family law issues. Mr. Maggio has practiced law in California since 1999, and founded The Maggio Law Firm in 2005, focusing exclusively on divorce and family law matters.