Once someone decides to file for divorce, they may wait weeks, months or even longer before they actually file official divorce documents with the court so that they can get some of their affairs in order prior to divorce. In some cases, spouses who are planning to file for divorce may do some very specific things in their preparations that can be red flags to their partners about an impending divorce.
In this three-part blog series, we will point out just some of the more common signs a spouse is planning a divorce. If you suspect your spouse may be planning a divorce – or if you are ready to start getting your own plans in place for an upcoming divorce, you can turn to the Littleton divorce attorneys at Bahr, Kreidle & Flicker for the best advice, help and representation in your divorce case.
Common Signs a Spouse Is Planning a Divorce
Sign 1 – Important financial documents start to go missing from your home.
Important financial documents related to home and vehicle ownership, bank accounts and other assets are probably kept in a very specific location in your home (or some other secure place). If you start to notice that these documents are missing from where they are kept – and if your spouse is the only other person with access to these documents, this may be a sign that a spouse is planning a divorce.
This is because, when preparing to file for a divorce, gathering and copying the following important financial documents can be critical:
- Mortgage documents
- Car loan documents
- Bank statements
- Tax returns
- Retirement plan documents
- Insurance documents.
Sign 2 – Your spouse claims an income reduction.
When a spouse has some control over his income – because, for instance, he owns his own business or his income is largely based on commissions, this person may claim his income has been reduced in the months leading up to the divorce filing as a way to try to limit his or her financial obligations in the future.
In particular, by showing reduced income in the months leading up to a divorce, one partner may try to position him-or herself to be ordered to pay little to no spousal support (or other payments) during and/or after the divorce process.
For our continued discussion regarding some of the more common signs that a spouse is planning a divorce, don’t miss the second and third parts of this blog series that will be published soon!
Littleton, Colorado Divorce Lawyers at Bahr and Kreidle
Are you thinking about filing for a divorce? If so, you can turn to the Littleton divorce attorneys at Bahr and Kreidle for professional advice, experienced help and superior representation in your upcoming divorce case.
To find out more about how we can help you with your divorce case, set up a free, no obligations initial consultation with one of our lawyers today. To set up a meeting, call us at (303) 794-7422 or email us using the form on this page.
From our law offices in Littleton, we represent clients throughout Colorado, including in the Denver Metro Area, Arapahoe County, Adams County, Jefferson County and the cities of Lakewood, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Castle Rock, Westminster, Centennial and Aurora.