Divorce is difficult, particularly if it isn’t amicable. Every divorce presents its own unique set of challenges, but if you’re going through a divorce, you’ll want to minimize and avoid complications as much as possible. One of the biggest mistakes people make during the divorce process is acting out of emotion and without counsel. By working with an experienced attorney, you can receive valuable counsel, help reduce the stress of a divorce, and hopefully avoid many mistakes that people have made in the past.
Below are a few of the common pitfalls that you’ll want to avoid during divorce proceedings.
1. Letting your emotions dictate your actions.
Divorce is an emotional event. It is natural to hold grudges and lash out at the other party. But it is critical to avoid using the legal process of divorce as a weapon against your spouse. If your judgment is clouded, you could make mistakes and poor decisions that will negatively impact your financial future for years to come.
2. Being dishonest or hiding things from your attorney.
Attorneys are trained to deal with all kinds of unique circumstances surrounding a divorce, and they’ve typically seen or heard just about everything. However, if you choose to hide something, they can’t advise or prepare properly to represent your best interests. Not being honest with your attorney is one of the most damaging divorce pitfalls that we experience.
3. Failing to keep your financial records in order.
Make sure that you have a firm grasp on your financial situation. If you weren’t the keeper of the finances in your marriage, then make sure that you have access to all of your account information. Being prepared with the appropriate documents and having a good understanding of your marital finances will save you time and money.
4. Behaving badly on social media.
In the world of social media, we can communicate with an incredibly large audience with the click of a button. People often use this communicating power to slander their soon-to-be ex-spouses or to show off their newly acquired lifestyle. If you are in the midst of a divorce or considering a divorce, it is critical to avoid broadcasting any suspect behavior, or speaking poorly about the other party, as it could severely hinder your position in the divorce proceedings.
These are just a few examples of some of the mistakes that we see commonly made during divorce proceedings. Our attorneys can hopefully help identify these pitfalls before you fall into them. Let us help you through your divorce case to protect your interests and your future.
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