Divorce is one of the most stressful life events most people will ever go through. Unfortunately, some folks make the mistake of letting these heighted emotions cloud their judgment.
If you're facing divorce, there are three big pitfalls you need to be aware of.
#1: Focusing on the short-term
Divorce can feel like a scramble, especially if you're not sure how you are going to manage your expenses on your own. But many people miss out on long-term benefit by focusing on short-term gain.
When you're making financial decisions - for example, about property division or alimony - think about more than just the short-term impact. This is especially true when it comes to making decisions about big assets like homes and retirement accounts.
#2: Trying to get revenge
It's hard to be reasonable when someone you love has hurt you. But vindictiveness in divorce often ends up hurting you more than your spouse. Do you really want to run up a bunch of unnecessary attorney's fees just to prove a point?
Instead, take time to talk with your attorney and figure out what it is you want to get out of the divorce. This is especially important when children are involved, since parental combativeness can compound the stress of a marriage ending.
#3: Only seeing one piece of the puzzle
Maybe you really want to keep the house or retain your ownership share in a family business. These are important goals that should be discussed with your lawyer. But too many people make the mistake of failing to see the big picture. By focusing exclusively on one thing, you could be setting yourself up to come out with less than if you had focused on the whole picture.
Divorce has many elements that, although they might feel separate, fit together like a puzzle. It's important to have the right attorney on your side, one who can help you cut through the fog of emotion to focus on getting the best possible outcome.
At The Law Office of Alexandra White, PC, this is what we do best. Call us at (303) 647-4245 to set up a free consultation.