Divorce is rarely an easy process. Emotions can run wild, and divorcing couples tend to make decisions that they’ll regret later. Here’s what you need to remember when navigating the bumpy road to divorce:
1. Obtain a good lawyer.
While you can represent yourself in Townsville court, hiring a family law attorney is the best way to go. Even if you agreed on an amicable separation, you could still face roadblocks during the settlement process. You need a legal expert who can educate you about your rights and ensure that the proposed settlement is fair.
Divorce is a confusing process and requires a mountain of paperwork. Your divorce lawyer will help you produce complete documentation and guide you in filling out the forms. If you do the filing on your own, you might commit unintentional mistakes, which can damage your credibility and sabotage your case.
Divorce is an emotional episode, and your emotions can skew your ability to think objectively. A lawyer will help you keep your emotions in check so you can better focus on your future.
2. Never take divorce advice from unprofessional sources.
Your friends and family will give you personal advice about your divorce. Even if they have your best interest in mind, it’s not a good idea to take their advice. You can speak with your BFFs every day, but they don’t know every single fact about your marriage. And unless they are practicing divorce attorneys, they do not have expert knowledge about family law.
Do not waste your time and energy in engaging in conversations about the divorce experiences of other people. Their circumstances, assets, income, and facts are different from yours. Even the most well-intentioned advice from your closest friends might not work for your case. Show gratitude for their emotional support, but politely stop them from advising on your situation.
3. Remember that divorce and dating is usually a bad combination.
Some people hate getting into rebound relationships, but others eagerly seek out a new love to survive the turmoil of a broken marriage. While it can be satisfying to flaunt your new romance to your soon-to-be-ex, it can negatively impact your divorce case. Technically, you’re still married until your divorce is finalized.
Your actions can influence the outcome of your claim regarding issues like property division, child custody, and alimony award. When you date during a divorce, it’s possible that your spouse might be enraged and desire for revenge. An angry spouse will make the case harder to settle, and your divorce will become a costly battle.
4. Back away from social media.
Anything that you post online can be shared and downloaded. Divorce is a sensitive time, and your spouse might interpret your posts in the wrong way. Even motivational quotes that you share on your profile can cause emotional stress. Social media is a gold mine of information that can be used to prove questionable behaviors. Thus, it’s always wise to step back from Twitter and all of your social media accounts until your divorce is finalized.
The pain of separation can make you emotionally unstable. Make sure to get the right support to help you make smart decisions during this challenging episode.