One of the first things to do is to make sure that you have access to the financial information which would tell you about the assets and liabilities of the marriage. If the data is saved on the computer, you should try to download it to a separate media so that you will have it if you lose access to the house. You should make an appointment with an attorney at your earliest convenience to understand your specific rights based on your specific fact situation. The sooner you have good advice and a game plan, the sooner you can start making plans for the future.
Depending on your financial situation, it may be important to secure funds for living purposes for the next few months. There may or may not be things that you can do with regard to withdrawals from bank accounts and taking credit card advances. Again, advice from a qualified divorce attorney is imperative.
Robert C. Howard, partner of Jekel, Howard & Thomson, LLP, has practiced family law in Arizona for more than 35 years, with concentration on prenuptual agreements, divorce, paternity, and post-decree modification matters.
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