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Wheaton IL divorce attorneyDivorce is always an incredibly emotional process, but many people do not understand the legalities that go along with it. With so many important details to attend to, it is easy to make mistakes that can result in forfeiting your rights or making the divorce more expensive than it needs to be. If you are about to go through a divorce, it is important to avoid these common mistakes so you can protect your best interests while completing the process as quickly as possible.

Arguing Unnecessarily

It is not uncommon for couples to argue when they are going through a divorce. While an argument may arise between you and your spouse during the process, it is important to remember you should only engage in these disputes when necessary. Even then, you should only do so through your divorce attorney and not directly with your spouse.

For example, you may want to keep certain property in the divorce not because it is important to you, but because you want to spite your spouse. An attorney will advise against this, as it will only lengthen the process and cost you more in the end. Still, there are times when you may have to become more assertive and fight for what is rightfully yours, which a lawyer can also advise on.

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Wheaton divorce lawyersDivorce is not only a personal decision but also a financial one as well. When a couple has mingled their assets and property through marriage, undoing this entanglement can be quite challenging. There are many things to keep in mind when deciding who will get what during your divorce. Should one of you keep the house or should you sell it? Who will keep which car? Will one of you be required to pay spousal maintenance or child support? Divorce can be costly, both emotionally and financially. During your divorce, make sure to avoid these common financial mistakes.

Letting Pettiness Distract You from Your Goals

Understandably, many divorcing couples struggle to cooperate or even to speak civilly. Marriages that end due to an affair or another breach of trust can be especially hard to end amicably. However, allowing negative emotions to drive your behavior during a divorce can be costly. Some couples end up spending thousands of dollars during divorce litigation arguing over issues that are, in reality, not that important. In order to end your marriage quickly and at minimal cost, you may have to swallow your pride and compromise on some issues.

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mistakes, Wheaton divorce attorneyAlthough we rarely think of it this way, marriage and, consequently, divorce are business decisions as much as they are personal decisions. When a marriage ends, it is not only the spouses who separate but also the lives they have created together. This includes the home which they share together, their property, assets, debts and more. Undoing a marriage through divorce can be a tricky process. If you are planning to divorce, make sure to avoid these classic mistakes.

Overestimating Your Future Income

As the old saying goes, “It is better to be safe than sorry.” When you are deciding how the marriage will end, try to be conservative when picturing your life as a single person. Sometimes people overestimate what they will be able to afford on their own. For example, they may want to stay in the family home for sentimental reasons, but are not ready for the burden of the mortgage payments. If you are the lower-earning spouse, it is possible that you will receive spousal maintenance payments as part of your divorce settlement, but this is far from guaranteed.

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