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Divorce missteps: 5 errors to avoid

On Behalf of | Jun 5, 2024 | Divorce

Going through a divorce can be an emotionally draining and complex process. During this difficult time, it is easy to make mistakes. Unfortunately, the errors you make in divorce can impact your life and your finances for a long time after your marriage ends. What mistakes should you avoid?

Mistake 1: Not knowing your rights and the laws surrounding divorce

Each state has unique laws concerning divorce, and Indiana is no exception. For instance, Indiana is a “no-fault” divorce state, which means that you can file for divorce without proving wrongdoing by your spouse. It’s essential to understand such laws and to work with a knowledgeable attorney who can guide you through the legal landscape, ensuring you make informed decisions.

Mistake 2: Ignoring the importance of paperwork

Finances are a significant part of divorce proceedings. One common mistake is not adequately preparing financial documents that are needed for asset division, child support, and alimony. Ensure you have all financial records, such as tax returns, bank statements, pay stubs, and investment accounts, well-organized and ready to present in court. You should also keep that paperwork, just in case you need it after you finalize your divorce.

Mistake 3: Letting your emotions take charge

Divorce is a time of many complex emotions – sadness, anger, grief and even relief. However, making decisions based on anger or sadness can lead to poor outcomes. Whether it’s deciding on child custody or dividing assets, it’s crucial to think practically and focus on long-term well-being rather than short-term satisfaction.

Mistake 4: Failing to consider your child’s needs

In any divorce involving children, their best interests should be at the forefront of all decisions. Indiana courts focus heavily on what is best for the children when determining custody and visitation rights. It’s important to collaborate with your spouse, as much as possible, to ensure that the children have the support they need.

Mistake 5: Moving too fast

Rushing the divorce process is a common mistake that can have long-lasting repercussions. In the eagerness to close a painful chapter, it is tempting to want to finalize the divorce proceedings quickly. However, haste can lead to oversights, unfair property division and other issues that could impact you for years to come.

By avoiding common pitfalls, you can ensure a more manageable and equitable divorce process. Taking the time to address each aspect of the divorce carefully and thoughtfully can lead to better outcomes for all parties involved.