Getting a divorce can be one of the most complicated and stressful experiences of a person’s life. Individuals with a high net worth, business owners, and divorcing spouses with children generally have the most complex divorces. Childless couples or couples who do not own property often have easier, faster divorces, but of course, there are countless factors that contribute to how a marriage ends. Whether your particular situation has confounding factors or not, there are a few steps you can take to make your divorce go as painlessly as possible. If you are planning to divorce your spouse, read on to learn about the most common divorce mistakes and how you can avoid them.
Classic Mistake 1: Overvaluing Your Financial Scenario
The Monty Python boys told us to “Always look on the bright side of life.” While optimism is a valuable tool in many situations, those getting a divorce should be careful not to be too optimistic when analyzing their financial situation. You and your soon-to-be-ex-spouse will have an opportunity to divide your combined property as a part of the divorce. Some divorcing individuals make the mistake of overestimating the financial burden they can realistically manage. For example, a spouse may have a great sentimental attachment to the family home, but would struggle to make the mortgage payment by himself or herself. In a situation such as this, it may be best to sell the family home and split the profits instead.
Classic Mistake 2: Not Allowing Others to Help
As you begin to tell friends and family about your decision to divorce, many will probably offer to help. Friends and family may say things like “Let me know if you need anything,” but often, people going through a divorce are hesitant to actually take these offers. There is nothing wrong with needing extra help with things like childcare, meal preparation, or transportation. Sometimes the help you need may just be a listening ear. Try taking your friends up on their offers to help and you may be surprised by how stress-relieving it is....