Divorce can be an extremely stressful and emotional time in someone’s life. There are several decisions that have to be made throughout the entire process. The four main ones include child custody, property division, child support and alimony. The end goal for all of the involved parties is to have a clean divorce. Here is a list of mistakes that you should avoid making in order to ensure that you have the smoothest divorce possible:
1- Letting Your Emotions Control You
Divorce usually brings up feelings of anger, hopelessness and sadness. While it is healthy for you to release your emotions, it should not be done in a courtroom. Throughout the entire process, you should remain as calm as possible and stand up for yourself. You should also avoid saying negative things about your ex-partner in the presence of others. Doing this might make you appear untrustworthy in the eyes of the court, which could affect a number of other things.
2- Taking Advice Based on Non-Legal Sources
You might find yourself leaning on a friend during this time for moral support. Or, you might search the internet to find advice. While both of these sources can support you emotionally by providing reassurance, you should avoid making decisions for your divorce based on what you learn from your friend or the internet, as they are not your attorney. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the divorce process in general or your specific divorce, make sure to reach out to your attorney.
3- Failure to Check any Paperwork
With any court process comes a significant amount of paperwork, and divorce is no exception. After seeing the sheer volume of paperwork, you might find yourself becoming overwhelmed and not wanting to double-check everything that your lawyer presents to you. However, you should make sure to check every single piece of paper presented to you to make sure it matches the things you and your spouse agreed on.
4- Failure to be Honest with Your Attorney
There is a time and a place for keeping secrets, but when talking to your attorney, you should avoid keeping any secrets. In order to accurately represent you, they need to know everything about you and your situation. Some things might be difficult to share but trust the process. Your attorney is only there to represent your interests and help you in any way possible.
5- Failure to Speak With Your Spouse
Communication is key to everything. Although it might be difficult to talk to your spouse as you are in the middle of the divorce process, it is necessary so that both parties can come to a mutual agreement in order to make everything as hassle-free as possible.
6- Failure to Disclose Financial Information
Since you will no longer share finances with your spouse, any finances that the two of you accumulated must be redistributed completely. Doing this might be rather difficult, as one person might be left with more money than the other. Regardless of the situation, remember to disclose all of the details to your lawyer so that they can help you make the best decision possible and make the transition as easy as possible.
If you are going through a divorce, contact the Holman Law Firm and schedule a free initial consultation. We serve clients throughout the Northwest Florida Panhandle and can handle all aspects in divorce.