You think you're prepared for the divorce process, but you have some concerns deep down inside. Not only are you staffed with making a variety of key decisions, but you must do so while protecting your legal rights. Adding to this is the fact that you must avoid mistakes that could cost you time and/or money, while adding stress to the situation.
While that's a lot to take in, proper preparation can go a long way in putting you in position to succeed. Here are five of the most common divorce mistakes:
- Letting your anger get the best of you: Even if you feel that your soon-to-be ex-spouse is 100 percent the cause of your divorce, it doesn't mean you can let your anger guide your thinking. Emotions will be running high, so keep your cool and stick to your plan.
- Neglecting to prepare for property division: A big part of any divorce is property division, as this will impact the way you live in the future. Create a property division checklist to ensure that you know which assets are subject to divorce.
- Forgetting that you have a prenuptial agreement: If you created a prenuptial agreement before tying the knot, it will come in handy during the divorce process. Review it in great detail, share it with your legal team and put it to good use during your divorce.
- Putting your children in the middle: If you have children with the other individual, it's critical to protect them at all times. Putting them in the middle, such as by asking them which parent they like best, is only going to complicate the divorce process. Not to mention the fact that it can take a toll on their mental state.
- DIY divorce: You want to put your divorce in the past as soon as possible, and without overspending, but that doesn't mean you should tackle the process on your own. DIY divorce is a mistake on many fronts, including the fact that you don't understand the finer workings of the legal system and how it will affect your situation.
With proper preparation before the divorce process, you'll feel good about your ability to avoid these common mistakes. And when you do so, it's much easier to protect your legal rights in Colorado.