If you have decided to dissolve your marriage, it’s crucial to understand the moves to make. In addition to following the required steps when filing, it may help to avoid matters that can delay the process or lead to an unfavorable outcome.
Here are four things to avoid:
Not gathering financial information
You need to be informed about your finances when going through a divorce. Determine marital assets and separate ones. Some marital properties can be apparent, but others, such as inheritances, intellectual property, digital assets and assets overseas, may pose challenges. Waiting until the last minute to gather information on such property may disadvantage you. Thus, it will help to do so sooner. Consider working with an appraiser to get the accurate value of each.
Lying about assets when going through a divorce can result in an unfair outcome for one spouse. Besides, you can get into trouble if you are caught.
Your spouse can notice a discrepancy in your financial statements, and, in turn, they may raise the matter. The court and your spouse’s team may employ legal tools to discover any hidden asset.
Not determining the best option
You don’t need to go to court to solve divorce matters. You and your spouse can agree on major issues and only go to court to validate them (uncontested). However, at times, it may be best to let the court address your issues (contested). For example, if you believe your spouse is hiding assets or are uncomfortable making requests.
Posting on social media
Social media can hurt your case. Your spouse’s team will be observing your online activities closely. Thus, consider being inactive on social media throughout the process.
If you are going through a divorce, it may be time to get legal help to protect your interests.