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Things that can cause problems in a divorce

Every divorce has its difficult aspects. However, there are steps a person can take to prevent a divorce from being harder than it needs to be. Being properly prepared, having the right mindset and having the right approach going into a divorce can help greatly in the effort to have the divorce go smoothly. 

On the flip side of things, there are also various types of behavior that can greatly complicate a divorce or create unnecessary problems for a divorcing individual. This is another reason why going through a divorce without good legal help can be unwise. 

If a person is worried that a given action they are thinking of taking in their divorce may have negative effects, they should talk with a divorce attorney before acting.

Here are some examples of behaviors it is best to avoid in a divorce:

  • Losing control to one's emotions: While tempers can be high in a divorce, it is important to not let one's temper control one's action. When a person lets their temper take over, it can make the divorce much more contentious (which can complicate things both emotionally and legally) and up their chances of inadvertently hurting their own best interests. 
  • Hiding assets or lying about finances: A person generally wants to be in as solid of a financial position as possible following a divorce. This may tempt them to engage in financial dishonestly during the divorce. However, such dishonesty could actually end up greatly hurting a person financially, as it could expose them to impactful legal actions. 
  • Ignoring temporary arrangements set by the court: There are various temporary arrangements that can be set up during a divorce, such as temporary visitation and custody arrangements. When a person fails to pay proper attention to these arrangements and violates their terms, it could, among other things, put them in a disadvantageous position when the time to set up permanent arrangements comes around. 

Source: FindLaw, "The Divorce Process: Do's and Don'ts," Accessed March 18, 2016

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