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Mistakes to Avoid When Getting a Divorce

by Norris Law Group on December 3, 2013

mistake-300x199Divorce is often very emotional, and it may be easy to make rash decisions. An article on Lawyers.com discusses some common mistakes that people make during a divorce—and how you can avoid them.

Don’t rush. You may ultimately regret making decision in a rush. Consult a lawyer and an accountant before taking any action. DO NOT sign any documents before reading them thoroughly and fully understanding the contents.

Don’t let your lawyer make decisions for you. A lawyer cannot and should not make divorce-related decisions on your behalf. Consult with your divorce attorney about your options, and make decisions about the most appropriate course of action for you and your family.

Don’t let your family and friends have too strong of an influence over you. Family members may try to tell you how to act—and even how to feel—during your divorce, likely because they care about you. You may wish to thank them for their concern, but what might seem right to your family may or may not be the correct solution for you.

Don’t let legal discovery run amuckDiscovery is the stage in a lawsuit during which lawyers for each party request that the other side turn over documents and information that will help prove each party’s case, including (but not limited to) tax returns, financial statement, and/or interviews conducted under oath by opposing counsel. Your lawyer will charge you for every hour spent collecting documents during the discovery phase.

Don’t divide your assets without first creating an inventory. Create a detailed inventory of all property and accounts that you and your spouse own, including real estate, vehicles, personal property, cash/retirement accounts. Keep track of debts as well.

Don’t ignore your taxes. Speak to a certified accountant before a divorce and discuss all of your and your spouse’s tax liabilities.

Don’t cave to your spouse’s requests and demands in an effort to heal your marriage. Don’t allow your emotions to you. Many couples may attempt reconciliation during a divorce. While that is certainly acceptable, don’t attempt to rekindle the relationship by blindly agreeing requests which may not be in your best interest.

Attorney Graham Norris and his associates at the Norris Law Group serve the residents of Utah County and throughout Utah in the area of divorce. Contact them today at 801-932-1238 or online for a free consultation.

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