Four Major Divorce DON’Ts

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Divorce is complicated, stressful, and confusing. When emotions are running high, it’s easy to get carried away or make the wrong decision. Unfortunately, small actions can have a big impact on the legal outcomes of your divorce. We put together this quick guide of four things you should never do during a divorce to make sure you can get the best resolution possible.

Don’t Vent on Social Media

We’ve covered this in a previous post, but it’s worth restating. When it comes to your divorce, the best thing you can do is to keep things as far away from social media as possible. Nothing goes away on the internet, which means that anything you’ve posted on social media is ready-made to show up in court. Even something you may think is a positive comment could come back to bite you. Just don’t do it.

Don’t Try to Hide Assets

The division of property is often a contentious part of any divorce. After all, who wants to give up their stuff? However, anyone who thinks they might be able to get away with hiding certain assets, they need to think again. Whether they are things are large or small, (for example, personal mementos or secret bank accounts), they will likely get caught—and will be severely penalized for the attempt.

Don’t Get Your Kids Involved

Divorce is hard on everyone, but it is especially hard on kids. Your kids likely value their relationships with both you and your spouse. They don’t need additional stress by trying to bringing them into potential conflicts. Not only is this harmful to children’s emotional well-being, but it can backfire in court by having the opposite of your intended effect.

Don’t Get Divorced Without an Attorney

No matter what the specifics of your divorce, you should always work with an experienced divorce attorney. Even if you and your spouse think you agree on everything, you may not realize the implications of exactly what you’re agreeing to. And once those agreements are finalized, it can be impossible to go back. I can’t count the number of times I’ve had people come to me to try to put the proverbial toothpaste back in the tube. Suffice it to say that it’s much easier to get things right the first time.

If you’re going through a divorce in Atascadero or Southern California, call the office of Ernest A. Casacca today at (805) 466-5888 to schedule an initial consultation with an experienced divorce attorney.

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