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5 Common Divorce Mistakes To Avoid

The end of a marriage is extremely painful in itself, however, some common divorce mistakes make it even worse. While some painful moments of splitting –like losing one’s house, kids, pet, furniture or other important assets- are mostly unavoidable, arguing over other legal issues is avoidable.

To prevent the divorce from causing more pain and getting all ugly, below are 5 common divorce mistakes to avoid:

1. DO NOT Act Out Of Anger

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Emotions may be quite intense during this period; nevertheless acting on them can cause irreversible damage. The key to a fast and effective divorce is communication. The essential thing a person can do during the entire proceeding is to keep calm.

When one is angry, stressed, anxious or aiming at revenge, the capability of making sound decisions is compromised. Nonetheless, when one is calm and relaxed, they can make rational decisions and foresee how sudden actions can have an impact on them in the long run.

Keeping a clear head during a divorce can help the process run smooth and avoid spending much.

2. Avoid Keeping Secrets From Your Attorney

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The purpose of a divorce lawyer is to advise and protect an individual during divorce. Hiding crucial information from the attorney can have a negative effect on the divorce process.

A lot of secrets come out in the process of divorce, so telling the lawyer of a criminal record or secret accounts can be helpful. When the divorce attorney is aware of all secrets, he/she can plan ahead on how to address the issues instead of getting surprises during the proceedings.

3. DO NOT Comply With All Requests And Demands Presented By The Other Spouse

During the divorce process, one must be careful of every decision they make. When not certain what to do next or feeling overwhelmed, get help from the attorney. It’s vital to keep off a demanding spouse from compelling one into reconciliation or settling agreements when that is not what they want.

Doubts and uncertainties during divorce are normal, but AVOID giving in to unreasonable demands and requests just to get a spouse back.

4. Consider Getting An Inventory Of Marital Assets Before Settling The Case

Several couples have an excellent working relationship even during divorce proceedings. All the same, do not settle the case without having a written inventory of all marital assets. The list should consist of:

  • Divorce settlement conceptOwned or rented cars
  • Real estates both separately or jointly-owned
  • Private items of considerable value such as computers, televisions or furnishings.
  • Retirement pensions
  • Life insurance policies
  • Credit or bank accounts
  • Brokerage joint funds or accounts
  • Huge tax balances, debts such as car loans, mortgage, student loans and credit card balances.

Getting an inventory of all marital assets can help in a fair separation of assets and aid in preventing fraud. When the settlement agreement is over and one discovers secret accounts, with the help of an inventory list, they can claim the full “hidden” account balance.

5. DO NOT Allow The Divorce Attorney Make All The Decisions

A divorce attorney can be an essential asset in the divorce process. A great lawyer gives advice on the lasting effects of divorce decisions and prepares the client for depositions, mediation or court processes.

It’s critical to heed the attorney’s advice; one should avoid stalking their ex or humiliating them on social platforms. Conversely, it is also critical to not allow the attorney make all the life decisions.

For instance, if a person is not interested in keeping the marital home or fighting for the custody of the children, they should not permit the lawyer to change their decision. Although, lawyers can offer proper legal advice; what seems good for one individual may not be good for the other. Listen to the advice, but make own decisions.


If the two spouses are in talking terms, they will probably agree on several issues concerning their divorce. But due to the fact that divorce is difficult, misunderstandings and miscommunications are quite normal. The couple can consider getting a mutual, neutral friend or a mediator.

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Tips for Hiring the Right Lawyer for Your Case

Presenting a case in court requires a lawyer. The attorney you choose to help you out in presenting your case influences the final verdict of the court. Selecting the best lawyer possible is important. The following tips will assist you in choosing the right lawyer for your case:

1. Research on the available lawyers in your area.

Seek advice from people who have had experience with lawyers. Such people could be those who have had a case to present in court in the past. Find information on the business legality of the recommended lawyers. It’s nice to know whether they are legally licensed or not.

Some people do illegal business in the market today. They usually aim at getting financial benefits but have no professional skills on the same. Pay keen attention to illegally licensed lawyers and single out such people.


2. Look for an experienced lawyer.

Experience matters when it comes to law. It is good to settle for a lawyer who has presented numerous cases similar to your line of interest. Such a lawyer will be well versed in that particular area of concern. They contain the required materials and knowledge to defend you in the right manner.

For instance, an experienced trial lawyer will fit in a criminal case rather than to hire a general lawyer. The attorney has gathered enough experience in the right manner to present the case and everything required for such a case.

3. Research on the price-range.

Falling in the hands of opportunists is possible. Some attorneys are ready to exploit you. This happens if they notice you lack knowledge concerning the market price of hiring a lawyer. Seek clarity on the charges of a particular lawyer right from the beginning of the agreement.

Also, do enough research from the internet and other legal practitioners before settling on a particular agent. You will be able to estimate the amount you are likely to spend on the entire case. This could depend on the period the case will take to completion.

Some simple cases have a range of the amount charged by a lawyer. It’s nice to do a detailed research of the price range in your area. Make sure to do the research based on the type of your case to avoid chances of exploitation.

4. Pay keen attention to the lawyer’s attitude.

The first meeting with the lawyer can help you in knowing their attitude. An optimistic lawyer is a good choice. A good lawyer should be ready to solve any concerns that may arise in the period of dealing with the case. A lawyer who places restrictions on when to access them could not be ready to handle the case.

They should be available to handle everything that concerns the case anytime. A positive attitude assures you that the lawyer will selflessly work towards winning the case in court.

5. Personality is key

A lawyer is a person you’ll personally entrust with your critical details. Study the person’s character and how well you can work together. An attorney who displays dishonesty is not fit to work with. They are most likely going to mess up with your case. The chances are that you’ll not feel comfortable working with such a person. It’s nice to find a lawyer who you trust and feel comfortable while working with them.

When you meet for the first time, ask several questions that can help you in knowing the lawyer’s personality. This may include;

· What are the goals and achievements of the lawyer?

· How many cases the lawyer has dealt with and won?

· Will the attorney be available anytime you need them in matters concerning the case?

· How does the lawyer communicate? Is it thorough a phone call or a formal way? A trusted person communicates through formal methods such as a written agreement. This helps in future referencing.

· Ask the lawyer if they are confident on winning the case. A confident personality will likely lead towards ultimate positive results.

In conclusion, a lawyer largely determines whether you’ll win a case or not. It is nice to do enough research on the right lawyer suitable to handle your case. Seek advice from experienced people concerning the best attorneys and do your evaluation. The above five tips will help you in choosing the right lawyer to obtain good results eventually.


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