May 2, 2021

5 things you shouldn’t do during a divorce

Divorce can be one of the most stressful situations most people ever have to deal with, and it’s very common for people to make poor decisions during this process. While your attorney can advise you of the proper steps to take, it’s equally important to know what you shouldn’t do during a divorce.

Don’t Wait to Hire an Attorney
One of the most common mistakes people make during a divorce is waiting to hire an attorney. While an experienced lawyer can provide invaluable assistance with the process, they can also help you avoid serious mistakes. By retaining legal counsel early in the process, you can avoid these issues from the beginning.

Don’t Use Your Children as Therapists or Spies
Divorce is especially difficult on children, but can be made even tougher if one or both parents use them as a sounding board. While you may have serious issues with your spouse, you should not bring your children into the middle of your dispute. Do not use them to collect information on your spouse, or attempt to sway their opinion of the other parent.

Don’t Attempt to Hide Property
It is very common for individuals to hide property, or “give it away” with the intention of retrieving it later. This rarely works out well. If the court finds out that you are attempting to hide property, you could face incarceration, a dismissal of your claims, and additional fees.

Don’t Violate Any Court Orders
During a divorce, it’s common for a judge to issue temporary custody or visitation orders. It is a very bad idea to violate these court orders, as it can make it extremely difficult to get the custody or visitation rights you desire. Unless you have reason to believe that your children are in danger, it’s best to follow the court order to the letter.

Don’t Let Your Emotions Control You
This is perhaps the most important “don’t” of divorce. Divorce is an extremely stressful process, and it’s very normal to feel angry and upset at your spouse. However, it’s crucial that you don’t make decisions based on emotion–while you may feel better for a moment, there is nothing to be gained from this behavior.

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