Nobody plans to get divorced, but unfortunately it does happen. And when it does happen nobody wants to make any mistakes. So, here are some mistakes that people make during divorce proceedings:
Common mistakes when obtaining a divorce include either one or both parties failing to consult a lawyer, concealing or dispersing assets, and sadly using children as pawns in the proceedings. When someone does not understand either their legal rights or how their behaviour can affect the divorce, they might just end up with a less than favourable financial and custody settlement. In a worst-case scenario, anybody who makes common divorce mistakes may certainly end up having to cope with criminal charges and alienation from their children.
Always a Stressful Experience
Acquiring a divorce is in most cases always an extremely stressful experience, and it is understandable that a lot of people would prefer to postpone dealing with the hard issues of divorce such as asset division and who will receive primary responsibility for the children. A divorce is a legal proceeding requiring expert legal advice, that’s a certainty. For instance, a couple might agree to divide their assets or prepare child custody in a way that may not be favourable to one party, because one or both parties may be simply ignorant of the law. Whilst many Preston solicitors encourage divorcing couples to work out a mutually agreeable settlement, the solicitors might suggest that their clients don’t do this until they can go over the client’s financial situation. Once a verbal agreement has been decided, it may be very burdensome for a spouse to backtrack and demand their fair share later on.
A further common mistake in getting a divorce and one that can create meaningful problems for spouses’ years after a divorce is complete is that of concealing assets or debts. Most divorce lawyers would like to obtain a total picture of a couple’s financial situation so that they can advise their clients as to just how the division of assets should be managed. Regrettably, some spouses might lead separate financial lives in which they either have some extra money or investments set aside or have racked up some massive debts. Failing to disclose this information during a divorce may be considered fraud and can result in criminal charges for the dishonest spouse or, at the very least, an expensive legal battle and divorce settlement.
Making it worse
Some spouses even make the mistake of entering into a new romantic partnership while obtaining a divorce. Sadly, this can cause major friction between the divorcing parties, especially if the romantically involved spouse introduces his new partner to his children. Courts just might take a dim view of this situation, and the upset spouse can become vindictive, making the whole process of getting a divorce take that much longer than it should have.
Whatever you decide on doing regarding a divorce, it’s in your very best interests to seek out experts in the legal field. A professional team will help guide you along the way and with the best results.