Many women have been making common mistakes when it comes to divorce and these have led to many problems. These mistakes are often made because women assume that the worst mistake they can make is not getting what she deserves. However, there are other divorce mistakes that must be avoided as these can affect the lives of women and their children once the marriage has ended. If you are facing a divorce, be wise and carefully think what you should do for your future as well as that of your children.
Not Planning Future Income
You need to plan for your financial future right from the beginning of your marriage. This is a proactive way to ensure that your finances will not be affected in the event that something bad may happen to your spouse or if you do get divorced. Never settle for the fact that it is your husband’s responsibility to support you for the rest of your life. It is also crucial that you plan out your finances for the future of your children especially in regards to their education.
Not Being Aware Of Pre-Divorce Finances
There are plenty of women who are not involved with financial matters in their marriage that in the event of a divorce, they are left clueless. Being financially involved in a marriage does not only mean keeping track of your spouse’s income, but it also includes knowing how much debt you are in. Since you are tied to joint credit cards and bank accounts, you need to know your financial standing as a couple before you can plan out how much you can and should get in the divorce. If you are part of the reason for the debt, chances are you may not be getting anything.
Using The Children
If you plan on using your children as a way to get back at your husband during a divorce, reconsider it as it is the worst mistake you can do. In fact, you would not be hurting your spouse, but your children. Never assume that you will automatically be granted sole custody of the children, because the court will decide on what is best for the kids. Remember that you still stand a chance of not getting custody.
Heading To Court Without Mediation
If you choose not to have the divorce mediated and head to court instead, you might end up regretting your decision. When you go through the divorce process in court, you and your spouse are allowing the court to make final decisions about your marriage. However, divorce mediation allows you to bring out all the issues you would like to discuss including financial and custody matters. As a matter of fact, you will be able to resolve a lot of your financial issues comfortably, over having someone else tell you what is best for the both of you.
Allowing Your Emotions To Control You
The divorce is a very tough experience, but being irrational will not help you at all. Having your relationship end can certainly bring out a lot of emotions, but you must never let the feeling of revenge to overwhelm you. Avoid emotional strain and mental torture by not allowing your emotions to control you and your decision making ability. This is why you need to consider getting professional legal help.
In fact divorce lawyers “help spouses who want to resolve marital property division issues amicably and fairly, as well as those who are at odds with one another about who should get this, that or the other. In either case, protecting your best interests and achieving a fair outcome will be the priorities.” says Tad Nelson & Associates a law firm in Texas.
Focusing On Alimony And Not Residual Income
There is nothing wrong about wanting to keep your home and amenities together in your marriage, but most of the time women fail to consider using their home as residual income for the preservation of future income. Deciding to keep the house and assuming that the alimony can cover mortgage is simply foolish. If you do not have sufficient income, be wise and think about the insurance and house bills. Remember that alimony does not cover all the bills.
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Valerie Terger is a freelance writer specializing in various criminal cases, relationship and family legal affairs, and the latest apps and devices used in legal matters.