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Five common pitfalls that occur in a divorce

Florida residents that are preparing to divorce may wonder what mistakes to avoid. The process can be confusing, but with the right information, it may be possible to help avoid some common pitfalls.

One of the biggest mistakes that divorcing spouses sometimes make is deciding something without sufficient information. The only way to make the right decision is to be armed with appropriate information. That means consulting with a lawyer about aspects of the case before making a decision. It's also important to find a lawyer that will allow the client to be involved in the decision-making process and inform the spouse of important developments in the divorce. Otherwise, the spouse can make the mistake of losing control of the case.

Next, it is important not to act because of anger. It may be natural to have some negative feelings toward the other spouse, especially in a contentious divorce. However, allowing those emotions to run the proceeding is not beneficial. Fourth, it is important for spouses to evaluate their needs when negotiating a settlement. It can be disastrous for a lower-earning spouse to underestimate expenses or the children's needs, just as a spouse who overestimates the ability to pay support can suffer. It is important for each spouse to make a realistic and accurate assessment of how much money will be required to live apart from the other spouse. Finally, as frustrating as divorce can be, it is important that spouses do not allow themselves to get lost.

One way that an attorney may help in a divorce is by helping clients to see mistakes before they occur. An attorney may also be able to help reach a resolution on some or all issues to streamline the divorce process.

Source: Huffington Post, "The 5 Worst Mistakes People Make During Divorce", Michelle Rozen, July 24, 2013