Mississippi Divorce Attorney Shares Thoughts on Divorce Mistakes to Avoid

It is well established that people tend to do things that they later regret when they are under a lot of stress and they are experiencing strong emotions. This explains why many people do things during the course of their divorce proceedings that they would never have done at any other time – things that they later regret and things which make their divorce even harder than it would have been had they not done them. Fortunately, one way to be successful in avoiding mistakes is understanding how and when they often happen, as well as what they are. We have already covered the how and when, so here are a few examples of mistakes that you could avoid making during your Mississippi divorce.

Not knowing much about your family’s finances prior to filing for divorce can lead to problems later on. It is possible that your soon to be former spouse has not been managing the family’s finances well, and that they have been incurring debt in order to pay for things that you think are being paid for by their income. Cheating spouses may be paying for gifts, expensive dates, and sometimes even day to day living expenses for their new love interests. There are many dangers to allowing the family’s finances to operate in unseen territory. Fortunately, you can acquire a working knowledge of your family’s finances prior to filing for divorce. Take some time to look at bank statements, bills, and other financial records to see what’s really going on.

Deciding to represent yourself in your divorce could set you back in multiple ways down the road. Depending upon the dynamic of your relationship with your soon to be former spouse and whether they have an attorney, you may agree to terms that you should not agree to. For example, you may accept less time with the kids than you could have under an arrangement that an attorney would help you to obtain, either through negotiation or by trial. You might accept less property, fewer assets, if your soon to be former spouse convinces you that you deserve less than they do. Again, an attorney can help you to determine what you can reasonably expect to get out of your divorce, and then they can help you to get it. It does cost money to hire an attorney, but it is an investment worth making.

Treating the divorce like an emotional battle instead of a business deal can also cause trouble. It is impossible not to feel many feelings during divorce. Fortunately, it is possible, albeit not easy, to work through your feelings separately from working through the process of negotiating your property settlement and child custody agreement. For example, you can cope with your emotions in any way that you find helpful, whether that entails spending time talking with friends, discussing things with a therapist, spending time outdoors, or finding solace in a spiritual community. When it comes to discussing how you will divide time with the kids or your marital assets, approach that discussion as if it were a business deal, complete with plenty of negotiation and give and take.

Your divorce is a one-time occurrence, and a Mississippi Divorce Attorney can help you to avoid making mistakes that could bother you for years to come. To find out how Mississippi Divorce Attorney Matthew S. Poole can help you navigate the divorce process, please call our office today, at (601) 573-7429 to schedule a free consultation.

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Mississippi Divorce Attorney Shares Thoughts on Divorce Mistakes to Avoid
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Mississippi Divorce Attorney discusses mistakes to avoid in one's divorce case.

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