Specializing in Divorce 

How to Protect Your Legal Rights:

Your legal rights will differ from state to state so I suggest you research your state divorce laws. We all have rights that are protected by the Bill of Rights and those rights are in place during divorce proceedings. Just as they are at all times. We all have the right to not be harassed, physically abused or intimidated. Laws are set in place to keep either spouse from such behavior. All partys to a divorce action should...

1.Never conceal, destroy, damage, transfer, or otherwise dispose of property owned by either or both of the spouses, without the other spouse's consent or a prior or family court.

2.Never move minor children outside the jurisdiction of the court. In some states they can be moved up to 150 miles away but have to stay within the state.

3.Never hide the minor children from each other. If your children reside with you, you must make them available for your spouse to visit.

4.Never use credit accounts that are in your spouses name alone.Issues such as finances and who pays for what can be protected by petitioning the court for temporary orders. If you have joint credit accounts and are concerned about your spouse running up debt, you will have to get special protection from the courts.

5.Never harm, threaten to harm or harrass your spouse. If your spouse has become violent, you may seek a restraining order. Law Enforcment officials more willing to respond to domestic violence calls if there is a restraining order in place. If you are in a violent situation it is best to put yourself in a position of getting the help you need quickly. Don't fail to protect yourself

6.Never disregard temporary court orders. Having temporary court orders can help alleviate any anxiety you feel as far as your legal rights being protected during divorce. We all have legal rights in place but if you have a temporary court order you have added protection from a spouse who might try and cross the boundaries where your legal rights are concerned.