Divorces are rarely easy, and without a proper roadmap, you may make a costly mistake. Below are some of the most common pitfalls to avoid when ending your marriage.
Mistake #1: Failing to Plan
Once you’ve decided to get a divorce, begin preparing as soon as possible. The process can be overwhelming, but figuring out your divorce plan will make your experience easier. Begin gathering important documents, look into child custody arrangements, consider your financial situation, and consult a family lawyer.
Mistake #2: Trying to Hide Assets or Failing to Look for Them
Property division is one of the most difficult parts of divorce, and it can bring out the worst in some. Do not try to conceal assets in order to give yourself the upper hand because it will most likely backfire and result in you losing your credibility. On the other hand, if you suspect your spouse is hiding marital assets, inform your attorney, and they will work to uncover it.
Mistake #3: Letting Emotions Take Over
Divorce is one of life’s most challenging experiences— understandably, you’ll be feeling a range of emotions. While that is entirely okay, try not to let it dictate your decisions when you’re negotiating terms. For example, if your spouse has cheated and you try to use this to get full custody, you may only prolong the process costing you more emotionally and financially.
Mistake #4: Talking Badly About Your Spouse to Your Kids
Kids are often caught in the crossfire of their parent’s divorce, and it’s extremely hurtful for them. Beyond that, it can put you at a disadvantage during custody proceedings since courts look at how both parents foster a healthy relationship with each other for the sake of their kids. If you find yourself wanting to vent, do this with a trusted adult.
Mistake #5: Not Hiring the Right Attorney
The utmost mistake one could make is entrusting their divorce case with the wrong lawyer. Having experienced counsel with your best interest in mind is crucial. Our Frederick and Rockville family law team at Fait & DiLima, LLP is dedicated to guiding clients through each stage of the process from the initial consultation to negotiating the desired outcome and signing the dotted line. When your future is on the line, don’t settle for just anyone.
Call us today at (301) 251-0100 to find out how we can assist you with your family law matters today.