How to Avoid Making Serious Mistakes During Your Divorce


Either you or your spouse will have to file for divorce. Once one of you does so, it will officially be the beginning of the end of your marriage. It will be an emotional time in your life, and you might not be able to avoid feeling stressed and anxious while the divorce is ongoing. It is generally a chaotic experience for most, but there are measures you can take to make sure that the divorce won’t be a total nightmare. You can make it better than the worst-case scenario that you might be thinking of.


It is often better to spend time making sure that you start your important milestones in life right, rather than spending the same amount trying to correct mistakes and deal with the consequences. When it comes to your divorce, you also have to start on the right foot. We would like to share with you various tips that you can use to avoid making irreversible mistakes during your divorce.



How to Avoid Making Serious Mistakes During Your Divorce



Your divorce may not go as you imagined or expected it to be. No matter how great your divorce lawyer is or how well-versed you are with divorce laws or how many times you’ve undergone a divorce in the past, no one can really guarantee your ‘success.’ However, there are certain actions you can avoid – actions which can potentially worsen your case. What you should do is keep your eye focused on your goals after the divorce is finalized and avoid making serious mistakes so that you would have nothing to regret later on. Minimizing these mistakes would also minimize the level of discomfort and displeasure that you will have to go through.


The best thing you can minimize the damages and the mistakes associated with the divorce is to avoid getting a divorce. Divorce should be your absolute last resort. If there is any way you can patch up the holes in your marriage, if there’s any chance that you can deal with your differences and reconcile with your spouse, it is likely to be the best option for your marriage and your family. Of course, if you intend to get divorced, you should consult a divorce attorney. However, if there’s a chance that the broke part of your marriage could be repaired, you should try to seek other alternatives, such as the guidance of marriage counselors.



How to Not Divorce Your Spouse



Even if you divorce your spouse, you can actually remarry later once you get around to reconciling, but if you go through with the divorce without trying to reconcile first, you could scar each other for life. It would be stressful for your child too. If your spouse made a mistake which truly made you upset, try not to react to it right away. Address the issue when you are already calm and rational. Address the issue in a non-confrontational manner, dealing with it directly. Clarify things with your spouse if needed. If this won’t work to solve your issue, then you can go to a therapist or a counselor for professional help. Do this and exhaust your other alternatives before you talk to a divorce attorney. If you are having some problems with your spouse, try not to think of getting a divorce because once you do, you might find yourself thinking more of it until you are already obsessing about it.



Hiring an Attorney



If you really intend to get a divorce, you should get an attorney to represent you and to help you through the process. You need to be careful about who you hire. It’s best to consult many different attorneys so you can see who you’d like to work with during this tough phase of your life. Be careful of attorneys who say what you want to hear. If an attorney really cares about you, he or she would place your interests over their own. The attorney would also advise you and tell you what to expect, even if it does not fit with your idea of a successful divorce. There will surely be things you’d rather not hear, but you’d have to hear. You will need an attorney who is honest and rational.



Settling Outside of Court


If you and your spouse can be civil enough despite your breakup, you can try to settle your case outside of the courtroom. A huge chunk of the total number of divorces ends in mediation. The parties just choose to settle their issues and everything pertaining to the divorce outside the court, with a mediator. After all, even with the best intentions, the judge cannot always provide you with what’s best for your family. You will always be the best judge of what is best for your family because you know your family better than anyone. If you can manage to set aside your differences and ill feelings, you can try to settle your case. This way, you would be able to reach a settlement that is satisfactory to both you and your spouse.


Whichever method you want to use to finalize your divorce, it is best to hire a reliable attorney you can trust with the intimate details of your divorce and family matters. Your attorney will not only help you get through a divorce in a courtroom but would also love to help you save time, money and energy through a settlement outside of the court.



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Mr. Hutton is a Divorce and Custody Lawyer based out of Round Rock, TX. His background is with child psychology at Arizona State University where he received a B.S. in 2006, and he continued this by working with the Children’s Right’s Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law where he received his J.D. in 2009. Throughout his practice, he has been a strong proponent of utilizing modern technology to improve his practice and the representation of his clients. He currently is the technology chair of CAFA of Travis County and is committed to improving and modernizing the practice of law in Texas. If you have any questions you can contact him at timothy.hutton@austintexaslegal.com

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