Lori Clark Viviano
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How to avoid costly mistakes in a divorce

In our prior posts, we have discussed the most likely times for couples to get divorced (essentially in January or just after Valentine's Day). Even though we have made it past the Ides of March, a person in an estranged relationship could still want to call it quits. When that time occurs (or when a spouse announces when he or she wants a divorce) there are several mistakes that should be avoided.

These are emotional mistakes that could end up costing divorcees a great deal of money, time and energy.

Don't react - Avoid the temptation to reenact Angela Basset's scene in "Waiting to Exhale" or become Vince Vaughn's character in "The Break Up". While it may be tempting to take out your frustration on your spouse's things (or your spouse) it is simply not worth it. There are other ways to get revenge that are much more practical, and of course...legal.

Don't settle for a free consult - This is not an affront to attorneys and law firms that offer free consultations, but chances are that you will get a better idea of the legal issues in your case if you pay for advice.

Don't start new relationships during a divorce - Again, can be very tempting to kindle a new flame during a divorce, since it is a highly emotional time. And let's face it, people have needs. However, new relationships only create higher levels of animosity, which makes the divorce that much more difficult.

Don't hide money - Also, don't abscond with any of your spouse's money. You could be seen as fraudulently concealing assets, or even worse, dissipating marital assets. Either way it could be very harmful even before the process begins.

Source: HuffingtonPost.com, Six biggest mistakes moms make in a divorce, March 16, 2013

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