A divorce is perhaps the most stressful time of one’s life. The toll it takes on your psychological health is immense, and if you have children, the pressure of a contested custody dispute can be debilitating. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), there are nearly 4 divorces for every thousand people. Although the figure might be relatively small compared to the 50 percent divorce rate we are used to hearing all the time, the consequences of a divorce can be disastrous, both financially and psychologically.
Due to this, it is important that couples make wise decisions and ensure they get the best professional legal help. The Fitzgerald Law Firm, P.C., outlines 3 key mistakes that couples make when going through a divorce.
- Not doing your homework
Regardless of how difficult it is to come to terms with your partner, it is never an option to neglect preparing for a divorce. If one or both partners make the mistake of not doing their research and understanding the rights they have prior to a divorce, it could prove costly. It is recommended that anyone going through a divorce understands their rights including a firm grasp of how to protect those rights.
- Seeking advice from friends and family members
There is no question that your friends and family members will provide the emotional support you need to get through a divorce. However, this does not mean that you should make them your personal advisors and act on decisions based on their limited knowledge and experience.
It is important to acknowledge that the details and circumstances of divorces vary including the legal requirements in different states. Seeking advice and seeking legal advice are two separate things; the consequences of the latter have far-reaching effects that can be nearly impossible to reverse.
- Not providing all details to the divorce attorney
For many, hiring an attorney is the preferred option in handling and settling all their disputes with their partner. However, the problem arises when the concerned person leaves the attorney in the dark and does not provide them with all the details surrounding the case. This leads to a misinformed divorce attorney who fails to represent the best interests of the client in court, with an accompanying loss of the time and monetary investment made into the matter.
Therefore, it is highly important that any individual in this situation report all essential details of their break-up and marriage to the attorney so that decisions relating to child custody, support and property matters can be made in light of the strongest evidence and clarity.
If you are looking for professional legal advice from a trained and experienced divorce attorney, please contact the Fitzgerald Law Firm P.C for a free consultation by calling (630) 946-6060 today.