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What are some divorce 'don'ts'?

There are many ‘do’s’ of divorce: do seek legal advice, do gather financial paperwork early in advance, do keep your emotions in check, and so forth. But there is also a long list of don’ts that Florida divorcees might overlook.

The most obvious ones are basically the inverse of the do’s above. First off, don’t let your emotions control you. It is, of course, an emotional process, but if you consider it to be more like a business transaction, it will benefit you in the long run. Along those same lines, don’t concentrate on the past. Holding on to what happened during the marriage can stifle progress during divorce.

Another issue is being unprepared in terms of gathering financial information. Not only do you need to gather all the necessary documentation that details finances, you also need to consider how divorce will impact your taxes.

Although divorce is a highly financial transaction, it’s also important not to forget the best interests of the people involved – specifically, your children. Some people fail to remember that putting their interests first will lead to a better outcome for everyone.

Finally, it’s important to do your research. That’s why many spouses seek assistance from an attorney. There is not only one road when it comes to divorce. Couples have various avenues to take when it comes to reaching a divorce settlement. Knowing your options can help you make a decision that benefits you in the future.

Source: The Huffington Post, “7 Common Mistakes to Avoid in Divorce or Separation,” Cheryl and Joe Dillon, Sept. 28, 2014

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