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Mistakes to avoid during a divorce

Texas couples involved in, or contemplating, a divorce can learn from the mistakes that others have made and avoid many of the problems involved in the process. Ending a marriage may be an emotionally draining experience, but the decisions made are often complex and can cast a long shadow. Acting on impulse or out of anger frequently leads to regrets later on, and a clear headed approach is usually the path to a more desirable outcome.

Another common mistake is to settle for less than is needed or deserved in the hopes of reaching a quick agreement. Living expenses need to be considered carefully and future increases in overhead costs factored in. Child care also involves outlays that go up over time, and teenagers cost more to take care of than infants. Payers too often fall into the same trap and commit to settlements that they realize later are beyond their means.

Divorce may be a series of tough decisions, and far too often a spouse will take advice from friends and relatives rather than experienced professionals. While this advice may come from a good place, it is rarely based on a full understanding of the implications. A spouse should be given relevant and accurate information and be aware of all available options before making choices that can have long term consequences.

With over 50 percent of marriages ending in divorce, these situations become a reality for couples more often than not. The decisions that have to be made are rarely easy, but they do not have to be regrettable. An attorney experienced in divorce law could be a fierce advocate for their client's interests, and they may be able to help them deal with difficult issues such as child custody and visitation, asset division and spousal support.

Source: Huffington Post, "The 5 Worst Mistakes People Make During Divorce", July 31, 2013

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