Has anyone used a storage unit and just put a filing cabinet in it? Or is there anything in-between where I can store boxes of papers.
The appealing thing about a storage unit is they are generally pretty good hours open. There is one near me that as I copy a certain amount of data, I can stop by and drop off - it is convenient. A bank, obviously, has limited hours.
Safe deposit boxes are fireproof. I don't believe storage units are, so that may be something to consider.
It really helped me not to be stressed out trying to keep up with a flash drive.
FYI the storage facility DID get broken into, but not mine.
I rented a small storage unit for $25.00/mo and put all evidence in there. File cabinet, all the porn and sex toys I found in my closet that were his and hers, any notes I made regarding his lack of visitation with the kids, and all the financials.
Although I am long divorced, I am never getting rid of the evidence I collected and have considered doing the same as homewrecked2011. Not only do I have tons of papers but also things that cannot be scanned. Right now it's all stacked in cardboard file boxes cluttering up my house. Besides, it would take me a year to scan all the papers! Easier for me to just safely store it.
Renting a closet-sized storage unit would be well worth the money and peace of mind to have it out of my house. I would give a key to a trusted friend just in case something happened to me. I wouldn't my kids stumbling across all the shit I saved if something happened to me.
Update November 2013: It only took seven years but I finally turned a corner. :)
I did rent a storage space - they are available 6am-9pm, so I can easily swing by there during errands or around kids' taxi service.
I understand the idea of putting everything on a flash drive, and if our financials were simpler, I would do that. However, gathering 2 years of financial records for credit cards, mortgages, deeds, bank accounts, brokerage accounts is overwhelming enough without the extra time to scan it all. It is faster and easier to copy it and be organized about filing.
mumof2 and homewrecked, thanks for chiming in that this was successful for you.
I am overwhelmed with this next planning portion and not looking forward to it. Can we just fast forward a few months?
Fast forward----we didn't go to court. I had all this stuff saved up, but what it did was give me leverage so he couldn't try to get out of paying what he needed to pay me...
I ended up with the kids,the house, all the equity,(I have to make the house payments). He had to pay the 30,000 loan on the 401 K, pay his mom back $10,000 that he had written to me that he paid, but really didn't -- my atty said, "sorry, buddy, that's on you!!!". We split medical bills (I got orthodontics included) for kids 75/25, he pays their health insurance and child support and is required to keep life ins on himself with kids as beneficiaries til the youngest is 18. I had to pay my own atty fees- but my atty waived the rest of his fees if I would settle out of court. Also, he gets the children every other weekend, but is not allowed to have any girlfriends spend the night! So, he chose her, and the kids come home on his visitation nights. It's just as well because he drinks a lot.
I SHOULD have had the child support go thru the courts because I thinkI could call the child support office every couple years to have it increased, without the expense of an atty.
Hope this helps.