Divorce is an overwhelming process and, as a result, our emotions can sometimes get the best of us. However, it is imperative to not let your feelings cloud your judgment or lead you to make costly mistakes as you begin dissolving your marriage. Otherwise, this process will end up taking more time, racking up greater expenses, and potentially land you with a result that does not make you happy.
Here is a list of some of the mistakes you should avoid making during your divorce:
- Speaking negatively about your spouse to your children: Chances are that, if you are divorcing your spouse, you are probably a little angry with him or her and, since you are just beginning the process of ending your marriage, those feelings are still fresh. It is crucial that you do not badmouth your spouse in front of your children, however. Not only is this harmful to them, but it will also likely harm your custody case. Remember, family courts favor the involvement of both parents in a child’s life, so if you re harming the relationship your spouse has with your children, the court will take this into consideration when making a decision on custody.
- Using the court as a means to get back at your spouse: It’s certainly tempting to take your divorce as an opportunity to really stick it to your spouse, but doing so will also likely result in an unpleasant outcome for you as well. For example, if you try to fight over assets that mean nothing to you, you will end up dragging out your divorce, which will only cause pain, stress, and land you with a higher bill. If you have children, using the court system to exact revenge on your spouse will likely harm them as well.
- Hiding marital assets: This mistake will not only result in lost ground in your divorce, but it could potentially put you in some legal hot water. Instead of resorting to deceptive or illegal actions, rely on an experienced attorney to take care of your assets and property. You are not likely to get away with using dishonest means to hold onto the things that matter to you.
- Failing to obey court orders: You might not agree with every court order, but disobeying them is not an option. You can always take the appropriate legal actions and request a judge to modify the court order if you believe it is unfair. In the meantime, comply with it to avoid suffering the consequences of disobeying the order. If you do not fully understand the terms of the court’s orders, speak to your attorney.
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