Avoid These Four Divorce Mistakes
Divorces are rarely pleasant situations. Even outwardly amicable separations may have contentious undertones and feelings of animosity between the two parties. Unfortunately, the more emotion that’s involved in the divorce process, the greater the risk for making mistakes.
At The Koblin Family Law Center, we know the challenges and pitfalls associated with the divorce process in California, and we know how to help you avoid serious problems. Let attorney Kennedy Koblin and our team guide you each step of the way.
Here are four of the most common mistakes people make when they’re going through a divorce:
1. Pitting the kids against the other parent.
You’re bound to have some negative feelings about your spouse. When kids are involved, the process is particularly delicate. Many parents find themselves without a filter when their children are around, relaying information or accusations that aren’t meant for children’s ears. No matter your feelings, it’s important to take the high road and maintain integrity. Bear in mind that your judge may wish to speak with your children, and negative behavior often reveals itself in these discussions. Also, you don’t want to be accused of causing parental alienation.
2. Failing to think ahead when dividing assets.
The courts will look at all of your financial information. If you don’t plan ahead, or if you fail to report your assets appropriately, you could lose out on thousands of dollars. A financial planner or accountant can help you protect your financial security.
3. Skipping the separation agreement.
Separation agreements may govern custody, child support, alimony and other elements. Because you don’t know how long the divorce process will last, it’s best to have your lawyer draft a legally-binding separation agreement until the divorce is finalized.
4. Prolonging a meeting with an attorney.
It’s important to begin protecting yourself as soon as possible. Schedule a consultation with a family law attorney who can help you understand your next steps and devise a proper plan of action. When you’re facing numerous deadlines, decisions and documents, a trusted legal adviser is essential. Being properly prepared and informed is the best way to approach your divorce proceedings, so don’t wait to get a lawyer on your side.
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At The Koblin Family Law Center, our team is here to help you avoid common divorce mistakes so you can move on with your life as quickly as possible. If you’re interested in speaking with us, we invite you to contact our Pleasanton office today: 925-298-2961.