Filing For Divorce? Avoid These Most Common Mistakes

12 March 2015
 Categories: Law, Blog


Divorce is something no one plans to deal with. However, it is something that unfortunately affects thousands every year. Not planning or knowing the facts about divorce can really affect the rest of your life. If you're considering filing for divorce, make sure that you avoid these most common mistakes.

Breaking the bank with divorce

It is important for the husband and wife to be aware of finances, especially if divorce becomes a reality. If a husband or wife handles finances alone, that person would have the upper hand, leaving the other one to suffer. It is wise to make copies of all financial documents, be aware of any assets, and watch for any ways that your spouse may misuse joint funds. Also, a couple should consider trying to work out as many of their financial issues outside of court as possible, in order to avoid painful and expensive court visits.

Creating a battlefield in court

Even though divorce is hard in itself, a major mistake for any husband and wife is to create more combat in the courtroom. Many may seek to punish their estranged spouse through fights over belongings, custody battles, or other spiteful actions. Yet, if you plan to hire an attorney to "punish" your spouse, be prepared to suffer as well. There will be more court costs, lawyer fees, and emotional breakdowns in the end.  

Don't settle for less

Although no one wants to see a husband or wife cheated out of money, there are things that each is entitled to. Sometimes, however, a spouse chooses to rush through a divorce process just to get it over with. In the long run, this can be an easy way to cheat yourself out of assets that you are entitled to. Take your time. Even though it's an emotionally draining time, settling for less can harm your children, your credit, or your financial future.

Not covering your bases for the future

Many times, divorced couples create problems for their own individual futures by forgetting to update their documents after the divorce. Wills, life insurance policies, and retirement should be changed to exclude an ex-spouse and include children, a new spouse, or a charity of your choice. You would not want to forget these documents and allow all your assets to go to your ex after your death.

Although divorce can be complex and even devastating for all involved, there can be light at the end of the tunnel if you seek the right information and avoid being a victim of a messy divorce. Contact a family law attorney for more information.