Going through a divorce can be incredibly stressful. There will be a lot of emotional stress you will go through, but also the legal process for the divorce can be complicated and challenging. This is why you should do everything you can during a divorce to protect yourself. Here are a couple things you should avoid doing during your divorce.
1. Don't Delay Hiring An Attorney
In attempt to save money, or to perhaps simplify things you may want to delay hiring an attorney. This is a mistake. The amount of money you save on attorney's fees may be minimal compared to how much you lose by making serious mistakes in the process. Even if you are only in the process of considering a divorce you should seek counsel from an attorney. They will help you know how to get a legal separation, what you should do with your bank accounts, if you can leave your house, and other important things. If you prolong getting an attorney you should complicated the process all the more.
2. Don't Hide Assets Or Property
In attempt to protect your property and assets you may be tempted to hide them. You could "give it away" for a short time, you might move it into a different account, or a myriad of other things. This is dangerous and could hurt you. If the court finds out that you are hiding property and wealth and are not being honest in the division of property you could face charges, or fines. This is why it is better to be honest about all of the property up front. It will help the process to go faster, it will protect you from trouble with the court, and most likely, the property will be discovered anyway.
3. Don't Start A New Relationship
If your divorce isn't final yet, you shouldn't enter a new relationship. This won't reflect well for you with the court, especially if you are claiming that there was emotional pain, fighting for custody, and much more. Even if your marriage has been on the rocks for a while and you are exciting to enter the dating scene, you need to delay it. Keep your profile off dating websites, avoid entering a relationship, and most definitely do not move in with someone.
By avoiding these mistakes you can protect yourself in a divorce. If you have any concerns or questions, talk to a divorce attorney right away.