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Common Mistakes During a Divorce (and How to Avoid Them!)
Posted on February 6, 2023
A separation is a stressful and complicated process, and usually brings out intense emotions between the parties involved. Because of this, it is common for people to make some mistakes during a divorce. Below, we will discuss some of the most common ones and how to avoid them.
- Not seeking quality legal assistance
We all know someone who has gone through a divorce (sometimes more than one!) and it can be tempting to ask them for advice, but this is a big mistake. Each person and couple are unique, so the circumstances of each case can vary greatly.
Seek professional assistance from experienced family lawyers with a track record. This is the most efficient way to protect your interests and look out for your family's future.
- Using Divorce as Revenge
There are many ways in which the parties (usually the one who feels that the other party is to blame for everything) may try to use the divorce process as a weapon, either by deliberately prolonging the process or by trying to unfairly divide assets. These "aggressions" not only waste the parties' time and money, but they can also affect the welfare of the children (if any) and create discomfort with the outcome of the process.
During a divorce, both parties should cooperate to keep the process as simple as possible. Let your trusted lawyers handle the situation to prevent emotions from taking over.
- Not considering taxes
When separating marital assets, it is very important to consider the resulting tax distribution, which can seriously affect things like your pension or retirement plans. Before agreeing to any settlement, make sure that the tax consequences have been considered and that the distribution of assets is truly fair.
Learn about the factors that impact the division of assets.
- Badmouthing the other party
We know you are going through a very stressful situation and are trying to vent that frustration in some way but attacking the other party will only get you in trouble in court. You will come across as aggressive and you could even lose custody of your children!
Be cooperative and try to handle things in the best possible way. If you are feeling extremely frustrated or uncomfortable, it is a good idea to see a therapist and learn to deal with the situation. It is also important to talk to your children about the divorce.
- Hiding marital assets to the court
We cannot stress this enough: avoid being dishonest during the divorce process. Concealing marital property from the other party or the judge may cause you to lose credibility, compromise any prior agreements and unnecessarily lengthen the process. Depending on the relevance of the information you conceal, you could also face criminal fraud charges. Trust your lawyers and their ability to protect your interests!
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