I found a helpful article with the steps to take before divorce. These are tips that are provided by the author of the article. 1. Knowledge is power. Know where you and your spouse has bank accounts, insurance policies, CD accounts, etc., and important documents such as social security cards, passports, birth and stock certificates, pension details, and any other employee benefits. 2. Become a financial sleuth. The article reccomends, obtaining statements and balances for bank accounts. Make duplicate copies of computer files with financial data. Collect as many of your spouse’s pay stubs as possible. 3. Safeguard heirlooms and liquid assets. Make sure your name is recorded on the house deed or apartment lease. Do not stash cash in a safe deposit box. Make sure you revoke any powers of attorney your spouse may have. 4. Open a bank account in your name. Open up a new bank account in your name only with which you can deposit your separate earnings into. 5. Establish credit in your own name. As soon as separation takes place, cancel or report missing jointly held credit cards. Then, set up new accounts in your name only. 6. Pay as many bills as possible. This step is helpful according to the article, so that the couple is not stuck with a large debt burden going into the divorce. 7. Take care of household or car repairs. 8. Attend to your health-care needs. Visit your doctor for a routine checkup and other annual exams while you still have health care coverage through your spouse. 9. Invest in a better work wardrobe. Buy some basics to for job interviews. 10. Stock the pantry. This might sound silly, but if you’re short on money you won’t need to spend as much on groceries if you’ve already stocked up. If there are any legal questions you may have, I encourage you to, please contact my San Jose Divorce Lawyers office. My San Jose Family Lawyer offices assists many people who are going through family law related issues. We have many Affordable San Jose Divorce Lawyer solutions for many different budgets. We help many individuals through this very chaotic period in their life. Proudly serving the following cities, Fremont, Milpitas, Los Gatos, Cupertino, Mountain View, and Santa Clara.