Filing for divorce is not something anyone looks forward to, or expects, for that matter. However, divorce has become increasingly common in the United States for many different reasons. Whether you and your partner are entering into an amicable divorce or the situation is more complicated, it is important you understand what legal mistakes not to make. Many people think they can handle a divorce on their own, without an attorney. In most cases, this ends up being a costly misstep. Filing for divorce is not as straightforward as many people think, which is why it is important to retain legal representation and take the time to understand the divorce process as a whole.
Regardless of the circumstances, divorce is a process of major transition and change that requires a great deal of strength, attention to detail, and strong will. Chances are this experience will test your patience, compassion, strength, and perhaps even sense of self-worth. If there are children in the picture, this will likely be an even more trying situation. With this in mind, we believe that knowledge is power and want to make sure you are aware of what some of the most common legal mistakes when getting a divorce are. If you have any questions about the information below or would like to speak with one of our divorce attorneys, please do not hesitate to give us a call.
Here is a list of the most common mistakes people make before, during, and after the divorce process:
- Keeping secrets from your attorney. It is of the utmost importance that all involved parties tell their attorneys absolutely everything. Your lawyer’s job is to advise you and protect your assets, something that is incredibly difficult if you are hiding something from them. Even if you don’t think a piece of information is important or relevant, make sure you tell your attorney everything.
- Giving into your spouse’s requests. While there is something to be said about going through an amicable divorce, it is also important that you don’t give into your spouse’s requests or demands right off the bat. You need to take care of yourself during the divorce process, so don’t let the demanding spouse force you into a settlement.
- Not understanding the legal process. As mentioned, the divorce process is a complicated one, which is why it is important you take the time to understand your legal rights. With this, it is essential that you hire a divorce attorney to help guide you through the process.
- Deciding to fight everything. When it comes to divorce proceedings, it is important that you pick your battles. Fighting your spouse on absolutely everything can make the process more expensive and drawn out.
- Not focusing on the long-term. A divorce is not a quick process by any means. One of the biggest mistakes people make it thinking it will be over in the blink of an eye. Divorce is a long, complex process that can take much longer than initially anticipated. Before you even start the process, remember to think long-term and don’t set your sight on a short experience.
- Signing documents without reading them. As with any legal documents, a common mistake made by couples going through a divorce is to simply sign documents without reading them. This may seem like a no-brainer, but you would be surprised at the number of people who sign something that they didn’t read, causing complications down the road.
These are just some of the most common legal mistakes we see people make during a divorce. To avoid an unpleasant divorce experience (as best you can), please take the above mistakes into consideration. To schedule a consultation with an Oklahoma divorce attorney from Atkins & Markoff, please contact us today.