You could also use a mechanic or private investigator who is well versed in these issues.
For instance, money or assets received after the date of separation, or before marriage, up to the date of marriage, will not be included in the marital estate.
However, the appreciation on pre-marital assets will be included in the marital estate.
A husband and wife can be separated as a couple and continue to live under the same roof.
Create a new email account and password that your spouse does not know about, from a computer that your spouse does not have access to.
Use only that email and password to communicate with your lawyer.