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Getting a divorce? Don’t do these things

When you tie the knot, you assume that you'll remain in love for the rest of your life. Unfortunately, there may come a time when things aren't working out. If this happens, you and/or your partner may realize that divorce is the best solution.

Getting a divorce sounds simple enough, but as you get started you'll come to find many challenges standing in your way. While all of these can be overcome with the right approach, you need to know what you should and shouldn't be doing from the start.

Here are five divorce mistakes that you want to avoid at all costs:

  • Losing your cool: It's easy to get frustrated during the divorces process. While this is okay, you don't want to let it boil over into an argument. There's no point in arguing with your soon-to-be ex-spouse and/or your children. It may make you feel better for the meantime, but it almost always comes back to haunt you.
  • Giving away property: You know you're going to lose some assets as a result of your divorce, so you get the idea to give stuff away. Hiding assets is a big no-no, so don't go down this path.
  • Running up a lot of debt: Just the same as assets, debt is subject to division in divorce. Don't assume you can run up a lot of debt, such as on a joint credit card, and only have to pay half of it.
  • Make plans to move far away: This is a particularly big mistake if you have children, as you don't want to do anything that could impact your custody or visitation arrangement.
  • Rushing to get it over with: Yes, you want to get through your divorce as quickly as possible. However, you don't want to rush things, as doing so could result in mistakes that you can't fix in the future.

With so much running through your mind, it's not always easy to avoid these mistakes during the divorce process. When you know the types of things that could get in the way it's easier to stay the course.

Know what you should be doing, what you shouldn't be doing and the steps you can take to protect your legal rights. This approach will reduce your stress level and help you proceed with confidence.

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Lorrie J. Zahodnic, P.C. has provided skilled and compassionate legal guidance to Michiganders in family law matters for over 20 years.

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