Thursday, May 9, 2019

Actions You Should Avoid When Getting a Divorce

Going through the divorce process is a time of high emotion. Along with these emotions can come irrational actions. Your character is being scrutinized while going through a divorce so it's important to keep composure of your actions. As a divorce attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks, we've seen a number of cases take a turn due to irrational action of one or both of the spouses. Take a look below for some of the common actions that should be avoided when getting a divorce at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Believing a Battle is the Only Way to Resolve

While most divorces you hear about end up in a large dispute, it does not have to be that way. Matters can often be handled in a civil manner. This can actually help the process go much smoother and quicker. If both parties can decide on how to split property and time with kids (if there are children from the marriage), it does not have to be a drawn-out process.

Pitting Your Children Against the Other Parent

It's important to remember your divorce is between the two adults, not the kids. Try to limit talking about your split in front of the children, if you have any. This could end up driving a wedge between one parent and the kids. Try to stay as involved as possible in your kids' lives, as well. It can be a tough time for children as their parents split apart and they need as much love and support during this time as possible.

Getting Pregnant

If one of the parties becomes pregnant, the divorce proceedings may come to a halt. Whether the father is the spouse or not, it can complicate the divorce process. This will be an emotionally draining time and it's best to avoid adding stresses to the situation.

Increasing the Amount of Debt

Divorce can be an expensive time for the parties involved. You are typically going from two incomes down to supporting yourself (and your family) on your own. Any debt that is accrued while you are still married may be brought into the divorce process. Try to avoid racking up unnecessary debt while you are getting divorced.

Reply on Outside Advice

Every divorce is different. Keep that in mind when taking advice from friends and family who have been through the process. Emotional support and advice are welcome - but keep in mind your divorce may look different than that of your friends. Just because a divorce was ruled a certain way for an acquaintance, the factors in your divorce are likely much different. Don't stress over outside advice too much!

Keep Assets Hidden

Hiding assets is a bad idea. Once the lawyers/court/judge finds out about the asset, it is going to be involved in the division anyway. This can also make you look bad if you try to sneak away with unaccounted for assets. It's best to be upfront and honest during the entire divorce process.

Avoiding the above actions while getting a divorce can help make the entire process easier on everyone involved. If you're thinking about filing for divorce near the Lake of the Ozarks, finding an experienced lawyer is important. Here at Gibbons Law Firm, we have a great deal of experience in family law at the Lake of the Ozarks. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.

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
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