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Destruction of Florida divorce papers can be a tricky decision

Couples that are going through a divorce in Florida may find the experience emotionally exhausting. Consequently, when it's finished, they tend to stash away their divorce papers and never look upon them again if they can help it. However, what they shouldn't do is give in to the temptation to shred the documents any time in the near future.

Papers related to divorce may trigger bad memories, but they could be useful in the future. Not only do they show proof of the dissolution of the marriage, but they also may outline other aspects of the divorce that could be questioned later. Additionally, the IRS could request information that is located within the papers.

In essence, all those papers are meaningful and can be useful. That's why it's recommended that ex-spouses hold on to them, even if they get remarried. If one is embarrassed about anything in them, such as uncomfortable statements from a deposition, it's fine to put the documents under lock and key. That way, they cannot be found by members of one's family whom one would rather not know the fine details of the divorce.

With this being said, if a person is convinced that he or she doesn't want to hold onto piles and piles of divorce paperwork that was generated during involvement with the Florida courts, one can always contact his or her legal representative. This person can give a better understanding of what might be acceptable to toss and what would be wise to keep. It is best to make certain to completely destroy any papers before throwing them into a trash can, as they may contain info that identify thieves could find attractive.

Source:, "When should you shred your divorce documents?", Myra Fleischer, Dec. 17, 2014

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