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My Spouse Was In Charge Of The Bills And I Don’t Know Any Of Our Financial Information. What Do I Do?

Having a good handle on your finances isn’t just important as part of your divorce, but it’s also an area of expertise that many spouses haven’t had to master.

After your divorce, these are skills you’ll need to have. If your spouse has been in charge of the marriage’s finances, you’ll have to engage in a crash course on financial literacy. Some things to start with:

  • Get a copy of your credit report. It’s a good idea to review your credit report every so often anyway, but in this case, you’ll want to verify the status of joint accounts, credit cards, and other financial instruments.
  • Once you or your spouse has filed, be prepared to start closing joint accounts to protect your credit score.
  • Gather financial documentation. These include past tax records, bank statements, deeds or lease agreements for property, proof of income, and retirement and insurance plan info, among other things.

If you’re having trouble getting your spouse to turn over relevant documentation or give you access to online account information, call the Brooklyn divorce attorneys at Zelenitz, Shapiro & D’Agostino at 718-725-9601.

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