Six of the Most Common Mistakes Made During Divorce

IL divorce lawyerThe divorce process is a legal one and as such, it is all too easy for couples to make mistakes while they are going through it. Making these mistakes could result in creating more conflict than necessary, and even not securing the fair settlement you deserve. Below are the six most common mistakes made during divorce, and how to avoid them.

Not Choosing the Right Type of Divorce

There is more than one way to get divorced these days. You may be envisioning a long and bitter courtroom battle, but there are other ways to get divorced in Illinois. Mediation and collaborative law can give you and your spouse more control over the divorce process, which can ultimately reduce conflict during the process, and once your case is finalized.

Not Identifying Your Priorities

Many people do not know what they want out of divorce right away, and that is okay. However, it is essential to identify your priorities so you know what terms you are willing to compromise on. For example, if parenting time is your priority, you may be willing to concede on other matters, such as when dividing property.

Ignoring Tax Implications

Divorce has many tax implications for the people involved. Your divorce decree should outline which parent can claim children as dependents, and you should also update your income tax withholding to ensure you are paying the accurate amount. A family lawyer can advise on the tax implications you may face and can help ensure any tax issues are mitigated beforehand.

Following Your Head and Not Your Heart

Divorce is an extremely emotional process and it is easy to get caught up in the emotions of it all. While it is important to focus on your feelings and self-care at this point, it is just as critical that you make decisions rationally. A family lawyer can help you take the emotions out of the process by clearly outlining the decisions you will need to make, and advise on what is in your best interest.

Cutting Off Communication with Your Spouse

Divorce may seem like an odd time to start focusing on communicating with your spouse, but it is important that you do. This is particularly important if you have children with your spouse. Communicating throughout the entire process will help ensure a successful divorce. When children are involved in a divorce, communicating throughout the case can also help parents work together to better co-parent their children.

Not Working with an Illinois Family Lawyer

Many people think they can go through the divorce process alone, but doing so is a mistake that could cost you the fair settlement you deserve. If you are going through a divorce, our skilled Hinsdale family lawyers at the Law Office of Martoccio & Martoccio can assist with your case. We will advise on your rights throughout the entire process, outline all of your options, and help you make the best decisions for your case. Call us today at 630-920-8855 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.



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