Once you begin to consider divorce, it’s important to make smart decisions to avoid common divorce mistakes.
This is often a difficult and confusing time as each person tries to restructure and rebuild their lives and also support any children. However, you need to be thoughtful each step of the way to avoid mistakes that could have long-term consequences.
Divorce Mistake #1: Waiting to meet with a lawyer
You should begin looking for a lawyer as soon as you decide to separate. It may take several meetings with different people to find the attorney that is right for you. Experienced legal representation is the best way to protect yourself and your interests. The more informed and prepared you are, the better the process will go for you. Having a good lawyer can help you save time and money over the long term and avoid the most common divorce mistakes.
Initial consultations at Foley Panszi Law LLC will be straightforward and address all concerns you may have and include various options available. Also, the various costs and expenses you may encounter throughout the divorce process, which may include appraisals and evaluations, will be discussed.
Since we are a boutique family law firm, you can be assured you will get the extra attention you need during this complicated and stressful time and all calls are returned within twenty-four (24) hours or less.
Divorce Mistake #2: Not being strategic about when you file
You need to put some thought into the date that you file for divorce. The filing date establishes a cut off for claims of certain marital assets, such as retirement funds. It may be tempting to file immediately and just get it over with. However, it’s important to consult an attorney to help you determine the most strategic time to file so that you protect yourself, your assets and your future.
Divorce Mistake #3: Handing divorce papers to your spouse
You may think it’s more cost-effective and civil to simply hand the filed divorce papers to your spouse, once they’ve been filed with the court. However, without a fixed date or verification that papers were served, you may have set yourself up for disaster. Your spouse can deny receiving the papers or dispute the date he/she received them. It’s in your best interest to choose an approved service method that provides verification of the date and time served up front. It will help prevent expensive problems down the road.
Whenever possible, we try to serve the spouse by having them sign a “waiver of service” which tells the court that he/she has copies of what is being filed with the Court and acknowledges service. This manner of service is more civil and more private.
Avoiding these common divorce mistakes will help make the process easier and help protect your interests. When children are involved, it protects them too.
- Posted by Mary Foley Panszi
- On September 30, 2016
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