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10 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Separating From A Spouse

It cannot be denied that every family facing divorce is going through a unique situation. There are hurt feelings, emotional backlash, and financial concerns that must be addressed throughout the process. In many cases, families are being significantly altered as one parent is granted custody of the children and the other only receives visitation. With all of turmoil that is occurring, it is more important than ever to get through the entire experience as swiftly and painlessly as possible.

What should I avoid in my divorce?

There are many things that a couple will unintentionally do to hinder their efforts at completing the divorce process. Knowing some of the most common divorce mistakes can help couples avoid them in the first place, allowing a family affected by divorce to navigate the process seamlessly.

Common divorce mistakes include:

  • Avoiding mediation as a way to settle some of the issues in the divorce
  • Hiding important financial information to prevent access by a spouse
  • Putting the children's needs and best interests last
  • Hiring an extremely combative lawyer to take revenge on a spouse
  • Letting emotions and feelings cloud the divorce process
  • Attachment to certain assets that could negatively affect a settlement
  • Failing to recognize how property and assets will be taxed
  • Using a divorce attorney like a therapist instead of a lawyer
  • Forgetting to update important financial, insurance, and estate documents
  • Not developing a financial plan following the divorce

Getting a divorce takes a lot of hard work on the part of the couple separating. However, just because it is hard work, does not mean that you must suffer. By taking time to avoid some of the most common divorce mistakes, a family can get through a divorce and come out stronger in the end.

Considering a divorce? Don't go through it alone! The divorce attorneys at Cutter & Lax are here to guide you through this emotional and difficult process.

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