Generally, hiring an experienced divorce attorney can help you avoid making some of the most costly divorce mistakes. However, since your attorney cannot make your decisions for you, you should still take a moment to learn about some of the most common errors, so you can do your best to avoid them. Some of the mistakes you make now can potentially affect you and your family for years to come.
Learn About the Most Common Divorce Mistakes
The divorce process is often fraught with emotions, but that does not mean you should let that be the driving force of your decision-making process. Rely on the sound legal advice provided by your attorney and carefully consider the choices you make.
Here are some common divorce mistakes you would do well to avoid:
- Not understanding your options: There is more than one way to get a divorce and it is a mistake to forego exploring the options available to you. If you and your spouse agree on every key issue, you can obtain an uncontested divorce, which generally requires less time than a contested divorce. Consult with your attorney to determine which option is most suitable for your circumstances.
- Fighting over minor pieces of personal property: Fighting over who gets the recliner will cost more time and money than what it is worth, so avoid squabbling over cheap property and save your resources for fighting for the items that are meaningful and worth the effort.
- Refusing to cooperate: In California, it is mandatory for spouses to go through mediation to determine custody before asking the court to intervene. You are more likely to receive an arrangement you are happy with if you negotiate with your spouse and focus on what is best for your children. If you cannot reach a decision together, a judge will decide for you and it might not be what you were hoping for. Who knows your family better you or the Judge?.
- Negatively speaking about your spouse in front of your children: Badmouthing your spouse in front of your children will harm your child custody case if it ends up going through litigation. Judges really don’t like to hear a parent has done this. Moreover, engaging in this type of behavior can poison your children against their parent, which will ultimately harm them far more than it will harm your spouse.
- Hiding assets: Even if the assets you are stashing away are personal property, the court still needs to account for it since it may be community property. When the court finds out that you attempted to hide assets, it will cost you more than what you might have had to lose if you were honest about your finances. Part of your attorney’s job is to help you protect your assets, so rely on the skilled legal guidance you are paying for instead of trying to take matters into your own hands.
Hire an Experienced Divorce Attorney Today!
If you are in the process of obtaining a divorce, contact The Law Offices of Andrea Schneider for the exceptional legal guidance you need to navigate this complex and emotionally charged situation.
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