Believe it or not, divorce can be done well. While this is not to say that divorce should be taken lightly, you can do certain things to make it easier on you and your family while getting what you deserve in terms of finances, property, and peace of mind in the process. Because divorce is more often than not an involved process, it is always prudent to hire experienced legal counsel to guide and advise you. Once you secure a good attorney, you can make matters even more simple by avoiding the mistakes that others commonly have made in the past.
Avoid these 4 common mistakes as your divorce moves forward:
Poorly Documenting Finances
One of the most legally complicated aspects of divorce is the settlement of finances. Keeping detailed records of your debts, expenses, and income is something that you should do anyway, but when it comes to divorce, it is a critical factor that can have a great impact on your life moving forward. Likewise, knowing the tax implications of divorce will prepare you for the changes you will see in the coming years once the divorce is finalized. Your attorney’s expertise in this area of divorce is indispensable, so make sure you listen carefully, and you can avoid this mistake.
Putting Yourself before the Kids
One could argue that no one is more impacted by divorce than children. You are the adult, so you have to make the tough decisions, but make sure that whatever you choose is made for the right reasons. Communication is so crucial when drastic change occurs for children, so you should not only be honest with them, but also listen to what they have to say. No matter the rift that has grown between you and your soon to be ex-spouse, your children—barring physical endangerment—will still have a relationship with the other parent. Don’t make things more difficult for your ex-spouse to get back at them, and be willing to compromise. Be civil and let your children see you at your best, especially when you are talking about your ex, to avoid damaging your relationship with them.
Ignoring Good Legal Advice
You’ve hired your attorney because you are not an expert on all of the nuances of family law. Whether done intentionally or on accident, you should try not to do anything they tell you not to. If they tell you not to make any big purchases, don’t go on a shopping spree. They have experience that you don’t. Make sure you listen to and thoughtfully consider the advice you receive.
Acting before Thinking It Over
No matter how painful or exhausting the process becomes, do not try to rush your divorce. You want what is best for you and your family, and the best way to get that is to stay vigilant until the divorce is final. If you make rash decisions without thinking of the consequences, you could end up regretting it for a long time.
At AM Law, we understand that divorce is never easy. Our attorneys can help you reach your desired outcome in both simplified and contested cases. Call us today to speak with one of our experienced attorneys about your needs.