Avoid these 5 Common Mistakes During Your Divorce
During the course of a divorce, emotions can run high. This may sometimes cause those involved to lose perspective when it comes to negotiations related to child custody and the division of assets. If you are going through a divorce, it is important to avoid making the following mistakes:
- Listening to advice from non-lawyers. Throughout your divorce, many friends and family may weigh-in on your proceedings. Keep in mind that you chose an attorney whom you trusted to counsel you throughout the process. That attorney is the best, most reliable source of information you can receive on legal matters. If you need additional opinions, consult another legal professional at the firm for assistance.
- Talking badly about your spouse to your children. Disrespectful behavior toward your former partner is harmful for children to witness, and may lead to feelings of guilt, sadness and even depression. Children often interpret bad-mouthing of a former partner as a personal put-down. Additionally, your former spouse could claim that you are attempting to alienate the children from their parent.
- Failing to create a financial plan. While many divorcees have a sharp focus during negotiations, fewer people prioritize having a financial plan for after the divorce is finalized. To create a financial plan, you will want to work with your attorney and a financial adviser to properly manage your post-divorce income and any support you may receive or need to pay.
- Getting emotionally entangled. When a marriage ends, it can be an emotional occurrence. However, during divorce proceedings it is in your best interest to approach negotiations with as much composure as possible. Emotions can create a more adversarial process, ultimately causing costs and duration of negotiations to increase.
- Failing to inform children of important details. Talking with your children about important particulars that affect their lives will help them feel more comfortable with and in control of the family’s changing situation.
If you are going through a divorce and would like additional guidance, consult the experienced family law attorneys at Bryan L. Salamone & Associates.