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It’s advised not to move or to give your money away within six months of a divorce. During a divorce, each party gives full disclosure of their assets and what they’ve done with them in the time immediately preceding the divorce. So, if you are contemplating a divorce, it’s not smart to move your money around or try to change the state of your financial affairs. One option is to agree to use, an earlier or later, separation date. If there is no agreement on the separation date the default is the date of the first hearing.

You and your spouse can separate before the initial case management conference, or agree on a different separation date. After the separation date. anything that happens with any accounts, retirement plan, or assets is solely your business. A snapshot of your assets is taken at the separation date. So, those assets that you have at the separation date are the assets that make up the marital estate.

How Do I Stop Commingling Assets If I Plan To File For Divorce?

It’s challenging to stop commingling assets, once you have started. Some good rules of thumb are keeping your assets separate, maintaining individual accounts, and remembering assets are only non-marital if they were earned before the marriage or if they were given to one spouse as a gift. Records have to be kept to ensure that you can show any third-party neutral, attorney, or judge that an asset is non-marital.

If you live in a home with your spouse and the mortgage payments are contributed to during the marriage, all of the equity accrued during your marriage is marital equity. This differs from any pre-marital equity earned before marriage. It is hard to change something back to non-marital after it has become marital. One spouse will often receive an inheritance years into the marriage. You can make sure not to commingle the inheritance with marital assets. The trick is to keep and maintain it separately, make sure that marital funds aren’t added to a non-marital account, and keep your records organized.

Can I Prevent My Spouse From Going On A Pre-Divorce Spending Spree?

A protective action a divorcing spouse can take is going to the bank and closing joint accounts or withdrawing half of the money in the accounts. When it comes to credit cards, you can close the account and not allow any more spending on it for the remainder of the marriage. After the divorce is final, the spouses won’t be able to use each other’s names on new accounts. Call each credit card company and alert them of the situation and close the card if you can. When it comes to savings or checking accounts, take half of the funds and make sure that your scheduled payments are still taken care of.

You have to protect yourself. Often one spouse leaves the other high and dry, by taking 100% of the funds. The truth is, legally, you cannot steal from your spouse, and emptying a marital account is not a crime. Since the neither courts nor the police will do anything about it, you have to be aware, and protect yourself.

Can I Or Should I Move Out Before The Divorce Is Final In Minnesota?

You will still have rights to your home, if you move. A spouse who stays might be more able to persuasively argue that they need to be in the home. Each spouse has right to equitable division of the home’s marital value. So, if one spouse is awarded the house, the other spouse is awarded a portion of the marital equity.

One thing that is integral to deciding the equity of the house is the valuation itself. There are a few ways to value a home. There’s the tax value, you can get an appraisal, and you can even look online and find a cost estimate from Zillow. In the end, the parties may sell the home and divide the marital equity.

How Long Does It Take To Get Through The Divorce Process In Minnesota?

If the parties agree on all issues, a divorce actually could take one month. The truth is, usually parties don’t agree on all the legal issues. Often, the courts move slow, especially during the holidays, and in most cases the parties attend alternative dispute resolution, similar to mediation. It takes about five months to settle in the majority of cases. There are documents to prepare and review for everyone to be on the same page

Cases that end up going to trial can last up to a year or 18 months. Sometimes cases go on longer. There is a period where you collect all of the evidence for everything you want to prove or show in court, which takes time. You have to submit your requests to the opposing party, and you have to give them time to respond. Many cases involve reports regarding child custody, employability, or asset value. So, that takes at least a year and many times, 18 months or more.

For more information on Moving Funds Prior To Divorce In Minnesota, an initial consultation is your next best step. Get the information and legal answers you are seeking by calling (651) 796-3400 today.