Divorce is not only a complex legal process, but one that is also frequently
fraught with emotions and hurt feelings, creating a perfect storm for
spouses to make costly mistakes. The mistakes you make in a divorce can
have some serious ripple effects throughout your life and, although it
is possible to modify certain court orders after your divorce is finalized,
it is always easier and cheaper to get it right the first time.
Do Not Make These Costly Mistakes
Although every divorce is unique, many of the mistakes people make are
common and avoidable. The more aware you are of these mistakes, the better
you will be able to guard yourself against them.
Here are some of the most commonly made divorce mistakes, which you should avoid:
Allowing your emotions to influence your decisions: Divorce is surely an emotional experience, but that does not mean you
should allow them to rule over the choices and decisions you make. If
you lead with your feelings, you will end up making decisions that feel
good in the moment instead of making decisions that are good for your future.
Providing inaccurate financial information: Finances always play a big role in any divorce and, for this to go well,
you must provide accurate information regarding your marital assets, debt,
and a budget that represents the lifestyle you had during your marriage.
Inaccurate information will create some serious obstacles during the divorce process.
Speaking negatively about your spouse to your children: Saying nasty things about your spouse will only hurt your children and
harm your custody case, so save your rants for a trusted friend or a therapist.
The last thing you want is for the judge on your case to think you are
not a cooperative co-parent or that you refuse to support your children’s
relationship with their other parent.
Using social media: Continuing to use social media during your divorce can be damaging for
many reasons. Your posts can potentially highlight inaccuracies in your
courtroom statements and you might vent in ways that will negatively impact
the outcome of your settlement.
Not hiring an attorney: Failing to obtain legal representation is one of the worst mistakes anyone
can make in a divorce case. We all enjoy trying to save money when we
can, but not hiring a divorce attorney will cost you more in the long
run. Although the internet can be a great source of information, it does
not compare to the level of experience and knowledge an attorney has.
Divorce lawyers spend decades honing their skills and no amount of internet
research is comparable to it.
Speak to an Experienced Divorce Attorney Today!
If you are getting a
divorce, do not put hesitate to obtain skilled legal representation to handle
your case. At the Law Office of Kathryn Marteeny, our divorce team has
over three decades of experience we will use to your advantage.
Call us today at (713) 936-2300 to schedule a case review with a member of our team.