Divorce can get ugly quickly if you are not careful. When emotions run high, it is easy to make mistakes leading up to and during your divorce. You are probably upset and angry that your marriage is ending and you may have trouble thinking clearly. However, it is advisable to keep your emotions in check to the extent you are able to do so. Allowing anger to control your actions can turn the divorce process into a battle.
Whenever a divorce becomes contentious, it often means it will be more expensive, frustrating and lengthy. Remember that your goal is to find a resolution with a reasonable settlement. Do not do something to negatively impact your future by reasoning with your temper. Here are three crucial mistakes you should avoid.
1. Blowing up
Try not to lose your cool. One thing said in the spur of the moment could lead to your spouse getting a restraining order against you. Do not make any remarks that could be perceived in any way as a threat.
2. Hiding assets
You might be so mad at your spouse that you do not want them to get their fair share of assets. Fight the urge to hide money in an offshore account or transfer assets to a relative. No good can come of hiding money. If you are discovered, you risk the court making a finding against you or generally finding you untrustworthy. Hiding assets doesn't look good to the court and it puts your divorce attorney in an impossible position defending your actions.
3. Abusing social media
When you put something on your social media profile, it could be used against you as evidence in court. You may want to post rants, pictures of a new person you are seeing or a boat you just bought, but resist the temptation. When in doubt, do not update your status. If necessary, you might need to temporarily disable your accounts.
Now that you are aware of these mistakes, keep them in mind as you navigate this difficult process. Hopefully by considering the impact of your actions, you can avoid impacting your case negatively so your divorce goes more smoothly.