When you’re going through a divorce or are separating, you’ll need to hire a legal professional to defend yourself in the situation. When working with an attorney, there are many mistakes people make in the process. If you want to avoid complications, there are a few common mistakes to avoid making.
Hiring an Attorney at the Last Minute
Although it can be easy to get caught up in your circumstances, it’s important to hire an attorney early on to prevent issues from developing throughout the process. Avoid waiting until something bad occurs to call a legal professional.
Posting on Social Media
Posting your opinions or texting your friends about your situation can have damaging effects that cause you to lose out on child custody or on the assets that you attain after filing for divorce. Remember that everything you say can be presented in court to the judge. If you’re involved in domestic relations litigation, everything that you post online can be used as evidence and can hurt your case, making it necessary to avoid speaking out about the situation.
Moving Out of the House
Although it can be awkward and uncomfortable to continue living in the same spouse as your ex, moving out of the house can be a mistake that you’ll regret and can affect your finances over time. You may end up having to pay more money in spousal or child support if you leave the home too soon until the divorce is finalized. The judge will consider you to be responsible for helping pay for the expenses on the first residence, which can mean you’ll end up having to pay for two different households.
Signing an Agreement
Many people sign agreements that they don’t necessarily understand the terms of before speaking to an attorney. Avoid signing your name on anything before you work with a legal professional to ensure that they can inform you of your rights and offer guidance with understanding various legal terms that you come across. Hiring an attorney may not be much of a benefit if you’ve already signed paperwork that gives up some of your rights. Make it a point to always ask for their advice in advance and to hire the professional immediately.