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Avoid these pitfalls when filing for divorce

On Behalf of | Jun 13, 2024 | Divorce

Marriage sometimes just won’t work, and it may become necessary to file for divorce. If you are at this stage in life, you have probably tried your best to salvage the relationship, but despite your efforts, the marriage is no longer sustainable.

While the decision to file for divorce may be understandably emotionally charged, there are several mistakes that you should avoid, including the following.

Unrealistic expectations

The divorce process might seem simple, but there is much more complexity involved than initially anticipated. Unrealistic expectations about the timeline, division of assets, custody arrangements and emotional fallout can lead to disappointment and frustration.

Trying to hide marital assets

The issue of asset distribution will come up at some point, and trying to deceive the court or hide assets can have serious legal consequences. Attempting to conceal assets during divorce proceedings is not only unethical but also illegal. Courts take asset disclosure very seriously, and if hidden assets are discovered, it can undermine your credibility and result in penalties.

Ignoring court orders

Ignoring court orders during the divorce process can have severe repercussions. Whether it’s related to child custody arrangements, financial disclosures or other legal matters, failing to obey orders can result in contempt charges and additional legal complications. It’s essential to take court orders seriously and adhere to them promptly and fully.

Going it alone

Failing to secure legal representation during the divorce process will only leave you vulnerable. Divorce involves intricate legal procedures, negotiations and potential disputes, all of which demand specialized knowledge and experience to handle effectively.

If you are looking to file for divorce, consider seeking legal guidance to help you understand the process and how you can get ready for what lies ahead.