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What Are the Common Mistakes Made in a Divorce?

A divorce can be a complex process, which means that it can be easy to overlook some things and make errors that can be sources of additional stress later on. That is why we recommend talking to our Morris County, NJ divorce lawyers before you really get into this process. We can help you protect your interests, avoid some common mistakes made in divorce, and fight for the best possible outcome.

What Are Some Common Mistakes That Couples With Children Should Avoid?

Divorce is even more complicated when children are involved. Tempers can obviously get high during arguments about child custody and visitation, but it is really the job of both parents to protect their children from these proceedings as much as possible. You should not be using your children as pawns in your divorce, nor should you badmouth your spouse to them.

It is still within the child’s interest to maintain a good relationship with good parents. If you are suspected of trying to poison the well by talking about your spouse or by coaching your child to give certain kinds of answers, these are not things that the court will be happy to see. So keep your children out it. Do not vent to them and do not make things more difficult for them than they already are.

Should I Make Verbal or Handshake Agreements?

Maybe you are on somewhat good terms with your spouse. You are able to get together and talk about the divorce. Maybe they even agree to something about property division or child custody. If you do reach an agreement get that in writing!

This is another one of the common mistakes made in divorce. People make verbal or handshake agreements and someone reneges. This just causes more stress for everyone.

What Are Some Common  Mistakes That People Make After the Divorce?

After the divorce, common mistakes include:

  • Not having a financial plan
  • Not understanding the tax implications of how property was distributed
  • Not changing estate plans or wills
  • Not changing the beneficiaries on bank accounts or life insurance policies

You are starting a new life post-divorce, and your actions need to reflect that. You need to be ready to live on your own and you do not want your finances to still be entangled with those of your former spouse.

Do I Need a Divorce Attorney?

One of the most common mistakes made by people getting divorced is that they think that they can represent themselves. In practice, this is something that is quite difficult to do. There is a lot of paperwork involved in every divorce. So many different documents need to be produced and different court deadlines need to be tracked. Our lawyers can help you with that while you focus on yourself and your family.

Schedule Your Consultation

When you are ready to fight for a favorable divorce agreement, we are ready to fight by your side. Contact Townsend, Tomaio & Newmark and ask about setting up a free consultation today.