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Critical things not to do during a divorce

On Behalf of | May 10, 2023 | Family Law |

The things you do during your divorce can impact the divorce outcome. Believe it or not, simple things like social media activity can be used against you by the other party in the divorce if things get contentious.

Regardless of whether your divorce is amicable or contentious, it is always best to err on the side of caution when it comes to something as important as your divorce settlement, which includes the division of assets and potentially the child custody of your children.

Knowing this, people sometimes still make these mistakes, which is why it is important to keep these critical tips in mind.

Never hide facts from your attorney

Your attorney is your advocate. They must protect your best interests, and honest attorney-client communication is critical. Whether it is good or bad, attorneys understand, and even if they may become frustrated at times because they are human, too, they will still be there to advocate for you.

However, keeping things from your attorney could be dangerous and derail the case if your attorney finds something out from the other party during a court proceeding that you should have told them. It does not look good in front of the judge and does not support an excellent attorney-client relationship.

Avoid social media during your divorce

Unless you absolutely must, people going through a divorce should shut down their social media accounts during the entirety of the divorce process and not make any public comments about the other party, which could further fuel disputes with the other side and create more issues than necessary. After the divorce, you will have plenty of time to be on social media.

Do not isolate yourself

Anyone going through a divorce needs support. The idea of getting a divorce and what happens during the divorce process are two entirely different things. Emotional support is one of the most important things you will need. Whether that is:

  1. A robust support system
  2. A divorce support group or 
  3. A therapist,

seeking help is critical in managing your feelings during the divorce. Do not fear that the court will think something is wrong with you because you need help. Judges understand how hard divorce is. Science has proven that divorce is one of people’s most significant life stressors and can even decrease life expectancy if not appropriately handled. You matter, and you must care for yourself.

Going through a divorce is complicated, and every case is undoubtedly different. Still, every case has critical elements in common that you should know to avoid for your well-being, safety and the best outcome in your divorce.