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Mistakes Often Made During Divorce

Any New Jersey resident that is going through a divorce is aware that the process can be complicated. However, by understanding and recognizing mistakes that people typically make while getting a divorce, it may be possible to make the process easier.

One big mistake that often occurs is when spouses make decisions without really understanding what they mean. That includes signing documents without reading them and acting without arming oneself with appropriate information. A person must understand the implications of all the choices before being able to make the right decision. Another mistake is acting out of anger. Some people want to use the divorce to teach the former spouse a lesson. That will not help in the long run.

Third, it is a mistake for a person to lose control of the divorce, such as by allowing someone else to make decisions. It is important for a person to have an attorney who relays important information and allows the client to be part of the decision-making process. Fourth, it is a mistake to settle for less than what is necessary. The higher-earning spouse does not want to commit to paying more than what can be afforded. The lower-earning spouse could make a mistake by underestimating expenses. The result is that there may not be enough money to meet the children’s needs, which does not benefit anyone. Finally, it is important that people who are divorcing not lose themselves in the process.

Understanding common pitfalls that occur in a divorce is a good way to avoid them. One way a divorce attorney may be able to assist is by seeing these mistakes before they occur and preventing them. An attorney may also be able to help negotiate a settlement.

Source: Huffington Post, “The 5 Worst Mistakes People Make During Divorce“, Michelle Rozen, July 24, 2013

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