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Don't Make These Common Mistakes When Getting a Divorce - Part 1

Getting a divorce can be extremely stressful, even when it's going right. Unfortunately, many couples make mistakes that just tangle up the process. As a result, they end up having to overcome not just the pain of divorce, but also the stress of unforeseen difficulties. The good news is, a great divorce attorney can steer you around common pitfalls like the ones we're going to discuss in the next few blogs. Read on to get a heads-up on common mistakes to avoid!

Hiring an aggressive attorney just to punish your spouse

Though it may be the first thing you want to do, this is one of the worst roads you can take. Firstly, it is beside the point. Unless your case is extreme, courts will not punish your spouse for being a bad person. That means your attorney will spend a lot of time trying to get results that a court won't deliver. This brings us to our next point: it's expensive. Your attorney will have to spend extra time on your case trying to punish your spouse, and it's all on your dime. Chances are good that you'll come out the other side of the divorce without the punishment you wanted, and even worse, you'll have fewer assets and less cash to support you and your family.

Believe us when we say that the best vengeance is living a full life after a divorce. Treat your divorce like a business transaction and find an attorney who will defend your rights efficiently and effectively so you can move on with your life.

Failing to Understand Proposed Settlements

At some point during the divorce process, you may receive a settlement proposal from your spouse. You need to sit down with your attorney and go over it in detail. You'll be living with whatever settlement you agree on for years, and it will directly affect your family. Therefore, make sure you and your attorney consider the big picture when deciding if the settlement is acceptable. Factors to consider include your retirement plans, health insurance costs, living expenses, incomes, inflation, medical expenses, and more. The good news here is that there are computer models created to help you understand how a settlement will impact you into the future.

Forgetting That Estate Documents Need to Be Updated

People ready to leave their divorces behind forget that IRAs, life insurance policies, and wills need to be changed to ensure they go to the correct beneficiaries. When this happens, property and assets end up going to their ex-spouse. This is another reason why a great divorce attorney is so important. Having an experienced professional will help you truly move forward from your divorce without unpleasant surprises waiting for you in the future.

At Quatela, Hargraves, and Chimeri, we offer our extensive experience, determination, and dedication to you. If you are moving toward getting a divorce, contact us and let us ensure the process is as painless as possible. Learn more about representation from our divorce attorney in New York today!

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