Common Mistakes People Make When Getting a Divorce
Divorce can be a trying time not just for the divorcing spouses but their families as well. While we agree that a divorce is initially emotionally devastating, believing that it can lead to better days and happier times will make coping with it a lot more easier. It will also give you strength to face the situation more confidently.
Unable to find positives during this trying time, a person’s anxiety and stress can lead them to commit various mistakes when getting a divorce that may adversely affect their lives. To help you navigate your pending divorce smoothly, here’s a list of the most common mistakes to avoid.
1. Not planning for a divorce. A common mistake many people make is not creating a plan for their divorce. Often one party is in possession of financial documents and information which may be critical in a divorce. By waiting until the divorce process has begun, there is an incentive for the party in possession of those documents to avoid making full disclosure, or any disclosure of critical documents.
Prior to a divorce is the best time to begin gathering information regarding bank accounts, investment accounts, retirement accounts, stock options, pay stubs and employment information, property records, and any other information which may affect issues of property division, child and spousal support, and separate ownership interests in any assets of one or both parties.
2. Not seeking legal assistance. Another common mistake that people make in divorce cases is not seeking legal advice before starting the divorce process. Divorce cases are understandably emotional times for parties. Often, there is pressure to give in to the settlement of divorce issues that, in the long run, may not be advantageous or prudent. But the desire to be free of the stress and anxiety of the divorce process can lead to people to simply “get it over with”.
There are a lot of issues in the divorce process that may not be readily apparent. An experienced lawyer can provide a consultation to help a party become aware of some of the pitfalls that may be involved with entering into an agreement to settle a divorce.
Once a divorce becomes final, going back to change provisions which create problems is difficult and time-consuming. It is always better to become knowledgeable about all issues affecting the outcome of a divorce, and hiring an experienced family law attorney is the best way to ensure that you get the best possible outcome from your divorce.
3. Ignoring issues regarding the allocation of parental responsibilities. Parties in divorces with children often fail to consider the issues that may impact the decision by the court regarding the allocation of parental responsibilities. Some of the considerations are listed in statutory references, but basically, parenting time is premised on a party's ability to spend quality time with a child upon a showing that a meaningful and significant relationship exists between a parent and child.
When one parent has allowed all of the parenting responsibility to fall to one parent, in a divorce, the less involved parent will have a difficult time getting any significant parenting time. This, in turn, affects child support, and the amount of time it may take to increase that parenting time as there will need to be a demonstration of positive efforts made to build a positive and healthy parental relationship.
To avoid these and other divorce or separation mistakes, reach out to Thomas Law Group P.C. We work hard to achieve a fruitful outcome in each of our client’s cases by negotiating issues and coming to a settlement. We also handle child custody cases, paternity cases, and grandparent's rights cases. To learn more about services that we provide, please click here. If you’ve any questions about divorce, get in touch with us by clicking here.