Divorce comes with many difficulties, many of which are unavoidable. This is why it is important not to add any unnecessary grief to the process by making mistakes of your own. Here are a few common divorce errors you would be better off avoiding.
Letting your emotions rule you
Emotions can run hot in a divorce, but making decisions based on these feelings can cost you dearly in the long run. This is the time to make pragmatic decisions based on achieving what is best for your future, not spur-of-the-moment decisions based on impulse.
For example, a spouse may act out of anger in seeking their soon-to-be ex’s favorite car in property division proceedings. Fighting over this vehicle could turn into a legal battle that costs far more than its value. What’s worse, in squabbling over a depreciating asset, the spouse could overlook items that will provide better long-term financial stability.
It is understandable to feel intense frustration, anger and even grief during this process. A good divorce lawyer can give you a clear-headed perspective on the situation and guide you toward rational decisions you will someday be very glad you made.
Social media blunders
There’s nothing wrong with sharing life events on social media, but divorce is one occasion when it’s appropriate to exercise caution before posting anything. Information shared on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media platforms routinely comes up in divorce proceedings. Some of the types of posts that could cause trouble include:
- Evidence of luxury purchases
- Accounts of dating
- Photos taken at parties
There is nothing wrong with enjoying your life, but there’s no need to give the opposing party extra ammunition by making personal events public during the divorce process.
Getting bad advice
Friends and family members want to help during a divorce, but accepting their well-meaning but erroneous legal advice will only hurt you. Someone who just went through a divorce may try to tell you exactly what will happen, but their advice is based on the specific details of their legal case and may not apply to yours.
You may find legitimate-sounding information during a web search, but it could be outdated or based on laws from another state. Get your legal advice from an attorney who knows the law and is professionally bound to make decisions that are best for your future. Such assurance is not present with any other source of information or advice.