Preparing for the divorce process poses emotional and logistical challenges for soon-to-be-ex spouses. To minimize conflict and achieve a fair settlement it is important to approach the process with care and consideration.
Be wary of certain actions that may undermine your divorce case and avoid doing the following when preparing for divorce.
Hiding assets or incurring additional debt.
One of the most important things to do during the divorce process is to remain transparent about your financial situation. Hiding assets or incurring additional debt to gain an advantage in the settlement can backfire and may even result in legal consequences. It is important to stay honest as this will help ensure a fair and equitable property division.
Badmouthing your spouse to others.
It can feel tempting to vent about your spouse to friends, family members or social media followers. However, resist this temptation, as badmouthing your spouse can damage your co-parenting relationship with them and may even impact the outcome of the divorce settlement. It is better to communicate directly with your spouse or seek the support of a therapist or counselor to help you cope with your emotions.
Avoid making major life decisions.
During the divorce process, it is essential to avoid making any major life decisions to avoid the legal implications of these decisions. This includes selling property, quitting your job or moving out of the family house.
Ignoring the emotional impact of divorce.
It is important to take care of your mental health during this time. Make sure to take breaks from the legal process and lean on the support of friends and family. Consider seeking mental health counseling to help you cope with the emotional impact of the divorce.
Ignoring your emotional needs can lead to more stress and burnout, making divorce even more challenging.