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Costly mistakes to avoid during a divorce

| Feb 4, 2021 | Divorce |

Financial matters are among the most stressful issues spouses face when they go through a divorce. People worry about everything from dividing assets to supporting themselves and their children.

Considering how consumed parties can be by money-related issues during the divorce process, avoiding mistakes that can ultimately cost them more money can be critical. 

Common financial mistakes

People who are ending a marriage make unfortunate decisions that can result in financial consequences and unnecessary spending. Some of these mistakes include:

  • Refusing to participate in alternative dispute resolution, as litigation can be more expensive and take longer than out-of-court resolutions
  • Setting unrealistic expectations for support and property division, both of which are matters that must comply with state laws
  • Being unfamiliar with your marital and separate assets
  • Failing to request spousal support if you are eligible for it
  • Harassing your ex, which can make it impossible to avoid litigation
  • Trying to get through the legal process yourself 
  • Failing to comply with temporary support orders
  • Attempting to conceal, undervalue or get rid of marital assets

These are all decisions that have financial repercussions. These consequences could be in the form of an unfair settlement, a lengthy legal process, fines or penalties. 

It’s about more than money

Even if you are not worried about the financial ramifications, avoiding these mistakes can be wise. There could be a lot more than money at stake in a divorce, including:

  • A child’s welfare
  • Emotional health and well-being
  • Future relationships
  • Living arrangements
  • Stability and security

All of these areas can be affected by the decisions people make during a divorce, so it is wise to consider them as you navigate the legal process.

When you minimize costly disputes and penalties during a divorce, you can make it easier for you and your family to recover and move forward when the divorce is final.