Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Divorce: 4 Do's & 4 Don'ts

Divorce is one of the most challenging, emotional, and stressful processes anyone can undertake. No matter how you and/or your spouse came to the decision that divorce was necessary, you can expect to face frustrations, arguments, and strong emotions during the process.

However, there are certain things you can do that may help simplify the process. Today, our divorce lawyer in Camden County, MO is here to look at some of the things you can do to ease the divorce process, as well as some behaviors and actions that should be avoided.

When navigating a divorce, DO...
  • Cooperate as much as possible. There's no need to make things harder on yourselves by arguing over unimportant details.
  • Fully disclose your assets and property. If the court discovers that you have hidden assets, they may start the entire process over again from the beginning (and you may face consequences for your actions). 
  • Support your children's continued relationship with your spouse. You may have chosen to separate from your spouse, but your children haven't necessarily come to the same decision. Don't make things harder on your little ones by demanding that they pick sides.
  • Ask your attorney to clarify anything you don't understand. Your attorney works for you. If you have questions or concerns at any point in the process, don't hesitate to address them with your lawyer.

When navigating a divorce, DON'T...
  • Hide (or hide your children) from your spouse. If you disappear prior to filing for divorce (or at some point during the divorce proceedings), your spouse may hire law enforcement to track you down. This type of disappearance may hurt your case during a custody battle. (The possible exception to this rule is if you believe you or your children are endangered by your spouse. If this situation applies to you, contact our attorney immediately to determine your best option.)
  • Make big life changes until your divorce is finalized. It is impossible to predict exactly how long divorce proceedings will take. Don't make any commitments to begin a new job or move to a different area until after the process is finalized.
  • Violate temporary custody agreements. If you violate temporary custody orders, the court may give primary custody privileges to your spouse.
  • Use your children as leverage. Custody and visitation rights are their own issues. You cannot leverage time with the children as a way to manipulate your spouse. Not only will it not get you the results you want - it may result in your own custody privileges being result.

Contact Us If You Need Representation

Divorce can be a challenging process, but having an experienced Lake of the Ozarks divorce lawyer on your side can make the process much easier. If you are in the middle of (or think you may soon face) a divorce, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with our law firm in Lake Ozark, MO

Remember, your initial consultation with Gibbons Law Firm is always free.

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2820 Bagnell Dam Blvd, Suite B4
Lake Ozark, MO 65049
(573) 348-2211

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