Divorce is difficult for anyone who goes through it, and tensions often run high between the parties. Between the legal aspects of divorce to the changes in family dynamics, divorce can take a heavy emotional and mental toll on anyone.
The pressures involved in the process can easily lead people to make mistakes during a divorce. Some of these mistakes can be costly, so understanding and avoiding them is essential.
Hiding information from your attorney
Your attorney is tasked with representing you and advocating for your best interests. Often, people fail to disclose important information with their attorney out of fear or embarrassment, without understanding that the only way your attorney can lead you to the best outcome is by having all the information they need.
When it comes to what information to share with your attorney, ensure you answer all questions asked truthfully and be forthcoming about anything involving any aspect of the divorce, whether that is the children, your finances and conversations with your spouse.
Allowing emotions to guide your decisions
Emotions run high during a divorce, and it is easy to speak and make decisions from an emotional place rather than a rational one. However, make decisions based on how you feel now, without considering that your current feelings will pass and you may feel differently in the future.
You may regret your choices later. One way to ensure you make the best decisions for your long-term well-being is checking in with your counsel and asking for advice when you do not know what to do.
Using your children as pawns
Using your children as pawns during your divorce to gain the upper hand often backfires. It is a common mistake that courts quickly identify, which can hurt your case.
Courts make decisions about child custody based on the child’s best interests, which is why you want to be the best parent you can be, even during this challenging period. It will not only help your case but is truly the best thing you can do for your child.
Divorce is complex and involves many aspects of a person’s life. Following the process, trusting your attorney, making decisions with a level head and behaving responsibly are critical. If you do these things, you will have the best chance at a successful outcome and the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you did everything you could to get through the process lawfully and with integrity.