A divorce is a stressful ordeal and can cause you to feel a wide range of emotions. Unfortunately, these emotions may cloud your judgment and cause you to make poor decisions. Here are some common divorce mistakes you should avoid.
- Failing to disclose all your assets. When you file for divorce, you’re required to disclose all of your assets. Don’t attempt to hide any assets, like a bank account your spouse doesn’t know about. If the judge finds out about it, he or she can penalize you.
- Having unrealistic financial expectations. After a divorce, you won’t have two incomes to rely on anymore. As such, you won’t be able to continue the same lifestyle you’re used to. It’s best to adjust your budget accordingly as soon as possible.
- Keeping the house when you can’t afford it. Your family home has a lot of meaning to you, so it’s understandable that you may want to keep it. However, if you can’t really afford it on your income, it’s best to let it go.
- Refusing to communicate with your spouse. If you and your spouse left things on bad terms, you may find it difficult to talk to him or her. However, if you want to come to a fair settlement in a reasonable amount of time, your Bloomington family lawyer may advise you to keep the lines of communication open with your spouse.
- Discussing the intimate details of your divorce with your kids. While it’s important to tell your children that you’re getting divorced, you should keep the intimate details to yourself. Simply tell them that you and their other parent aren’t getting along anymore but still love them very much. If you talk about the details of your divorce, it could make your children feel worse.
- Not telling your lawyer the truth. A Bloomington family lawyer can’t help you to the best of his or her ability if you’re not completely honest. Don’t feel embarrassed to tell your lawyer anything. He or she has likely heard it all before and won’t judge you.
Schedule a consultation with a Bloomington family lawyer from Pioletti, Pioletti & Nichols today.