Filing for a divorce is a heavily-weighted decision that comes with both emotional and financial repercussions. Not only will you and your soon-to-be ex have to deal with the emotional stress of parting ways and separating your belongings and assets, but this will also be a tough time for those around you. Unfortunately, divorce can make many people upset and vulnerable to exploitation.
In some cases, divorce can come as a shock to the non-filing spouse. During this emotionally tense time, many people are unable to make sound financial decisions. In order to avoid becoming involved in a messy, emotionally draining divorce, it may be helpful to take a look at some of the most common mistakes people make:
Divorce is never easy, but by putting it off day after day, you are only making things more difficult on yourself and your spouse. There are numerous reasons why people procrastinate divorce, whether it is because they are trying to avoid too many negative emotions, they are not ready to make a decision quite yet, or they simply don’t know what they want. However, procrastinating in divorce is one of the biggest mistakes a person can make. Divorce takes time, paperwork, and a lot of tedious tasks that most people would rather just ignore. Unfortunately, they are a necessary part of divorce and it is always better to hire a diligent lawyer as soon as you’ve decided on divorce in order to move forward.
- Failure to Respond
Negating to respond when you have been served with divorce papers is one of the biggest mistakes you can make. With this, ignoring your lawyer and/or other important legal documents will not simply postpone the inevitable, it will further complicate things and may even cause irreparable damage. Getting divorced is a legal process that must adhere to state laws and local rules, which is why it is critical to always respond in a timely manner when contacted by your lawyer or when you receive time sensitive legal documents.
- Taking Legal Advice from Family and Friends
Your family and friends will serve as your support system during this time, but they typically are not an authority on legal matters and you should be careful to not take advice from them on such things. Only get advice from a divorce attorney, who understands the law and financial settlement procedures.
Divorce is difficult, there’s no way around it. By retaining an experience family law attorney from Atkins & Markoff, you will be making the process much easier, both emotionally and logistically. To set up a consultation or to learn more about our divorce services, please contact our law firm today.