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mistake, Wheaton divorce lawyersGetting 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.

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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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social media, Wheaton divorce attorneysIn today’s digital world, we are rarely more than a few feet from our cell phones. For many people, social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram offer the chance to share their lives with friends and acquaintances. Critics of social media claim that many individuals use such sites to create an idealized version of themselves for public consumption—downplaying daily struggles and only highlighting positive achievements or “perfect” photos.

Social media can also create issues during a divorce. Some of these issues could affect the legal proceedings directly while others have the power to slow the healing process and prevent you from moving on. If you are considering a divorce or the process has already started, it is important to avoid:

Sharing Too Much, Too Soon

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Posted on in Divorce

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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