As you can imagine, there are a number of mistakes that people make during the divorce process. Some of the mistakes can be corrected later, but some either cannot be corrected, or can only be corrected with a huge, costly effort.
One of the biggest mistakes people sometimes make when they are getting divorced in Florida is settling their cases too quickly, with a result they are not happy with. This includes property division, alimony, and child custody matters. In some cases, people are so anxious to get out of the marriage that they will agree to almost anything.
They may agree to pay more alimony than their spouse would be entitled to normally. They may agree to have less custodial time with their kids, or to take a smaller property settlement than that to which they are legally entitled. This may be done so that they can start a new life more quickly, or because they are too emotionally or financially drained to fight. Often, they think that they can change these decisions later. However, it’s much, much easier to fight for what you are entitled to initially in a divorce, rather than reopening the case later.
Divorces are often heated, emotional, messy affairs. In the midst of a divorce, you may be tempted to send nasty voice messages, texts, or emails. This may be very satisfying in the short-term, but they can become evidence against you later on. The messages, texts, or emails will be embarrassing and will make you look bad, and could even damage your case.
Failing to financially plan for your divorce can also be a huge mistake. In most cases, divorces can be very financially damaging. After all, you must now pay for two households instead of one. If you are in the process of a divorce, save whatever money you can. You may want to sell some things or cut back on your expenses. It can also be dumb to quit your job and leave the area while a divorce is ongoing. If you need to leave town, speak to your attorney about whether or not that is allowed.
Divorce is not easy for anyone, but you can make it easier on yourself by not making the mistakes that so many others do. If you have any questions about the divorce process, call Pasco County, Florida divorce attorney Dale Bernstein at 727-478-3250. He works with clients in Pasco, Hernando, Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties in Florida. Call to learn more.