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5 mistakes to avoid during your divorce

On Behalf of | Jun 27, 2023 | family law

Divorce can be painful and confusing. However, you should be careful about the decisions you make, as they can determine your outcome. If you have decided to dissolve your marriage due to irreconcilable issues, you need to be strategic from the word go.

The following are five mistakes to avoid:

1. Acting out of emotions

Of course, divorce can be emotional, but acting out of anger, guilt or revenge can work against you. All your decisions should be rational. Going to therapy, spending time with loved ones and joining a support group can help you stay calm throughout the process and, in turn, make calculated moves.

2. Refusing to negotiate

If you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse can agree on crucial matters, you can negotiate outside court. You don’t need to go through litigation unless it’s necessary. 

3. Posting on social media

Social media and divorce don’t mix. Posting or commenting on posts related to divorce can hurt your case. For instance, posting new purchases may indicate you don’t need spousal maintenance. It may be best to deactivate your social media accounts during your divorce.

4. Not double-checking paperwork

You should double-check every document before you sign, especially those presented by the opposing side. You don’t want to agree on unfair terms. 

5. Dating too soon

It may not be unlawful to date during your divorce, but it can be disadvantageous to do so too soon.  Divorce needs attention – it can be difficult to notice every aspect of the process when building a new relationship.

Additionally, if you have kids, it may be uncomfortable to introduce a new person into their lives when they are trying to cope with the divorce.

If you are going through a divorce, you may need to consider legal guidance to avoid these and more mistakes.