Divorce is bound to be difficult, but there are certain things people do to make it even worse than it needs to be. If you are going through divorce and want to spare yourself unnecessary grief, stress and expense, here are three divorce mistakes to avoid:
- Setting unrealistic expectations: The closer your expectations are aligned with reality, the less chance you have of facing heartbreak when divorce decisions are handed down. The reality is, you will probably not get everything you want. Take some time to think about what is truly important to you and your attorney can create a legal strategy that places those issues at the forefront.
- Accepting bad advice: You don’t have to look any farther than your smartphone browser to find all the divorce advice in the world. How good is this advice? That’s a mixed bag. Accepting what you read online or what you hear from even well-meaning friends can be a big mistake. To separate fact from fiction, talk with an attorney who knows the law and who can help you understand how it applies in your unique situation.
- Letting your emotions get the best of you: This is probably one of the most stressful situations you will ever face and it’s natural that you should be overwhelmed at times by stress, anxiety and anger. You only hurt yourself, however, when you let these feelings get the best of you and say (or share on social media) something that is best left unsaid. Take care of yourself emotionally by choosing trusted allies who will stand by your side and lend an understanding ear. Think twice before saying or sharing something that may be used against you in divorce proceedings.
Nobody is perfect and divorce is a trial that tests even the calmest and wisest among us. The good news is, you don’t have to face divorce alone. By choosing a knowledgeable attorney to guide you through the process, you can avoid mistakes while laying the groundwork for a happier, post-divorce future.