Should I keep a journal or diary of my thoughts during separation and divorce?

If you are considering keeping a journal or diary while going through separation and divorce, you should bear in mind that any journal or diary may be requested by your spouse’s attorney in discovery and therefore may not be private.  It is a good idea to keep a log of specific events to help yourself recall details as you go through the process. For example, if one parent does not maintain a regular visitation schedule, you may want to keep a calendar or journal of all the scheduled visits and when the other parent does or does not attend.  However, you should be careful not to record animosity toward your spouse in a journal or diary since it may be used against you in court to show that you are not interested in co-parenting with your spouse.  You should also be very cautious about recording details that may be harmful to your case in other ways.

Author: Virginia C. Haizlip