Divorce is a big deal and as much as most people would like to brush it off, it calls for an open discussion. Couples that are going through divorce need to understand why it’s important to deal with it in a civil fashion. Divorce settlements can get messy if not handled properly and amicably by both parties.
Bitterness is understandable but acting on this feeling can result in regrettable actions that may backfire against you in the long run. Before you make the wrong move, let’s discuss some of the biggest mistakes that could ruin your divorce settlement.
Stealing your Ex’s Money
Finances are the biggest issue in most divorce cases. However easy it may be to access a couple’s joint account, this action is easily traceable and the other party may obtain a court order to return the money. This might also leave you with a frozen bank account.
Using the kids
Manipulating your children to choose you in a sole custody case can work against you in the court case. This strategy might contribute to you losing a custody battle and getting limited access rights to your children.
Starving out your partner
If you used to pay bills before the divorce, it’s critical to continue fulfilling your responsibilities, at least until the final court decisions. Not fulfilling your obligations could expose you to unfavorable judgments against you such as a high alimony.
Switching property names hoping to keep the property for yourself after the divorce settlement is in bad faith and if detected by the divorce lawyer leads to penalties. In order to avoid a messy battle in court, be open about what you own to enable a smooth transition.
This happens when one party refuses to hire their own lawyer forcing the other spouse to spend more on legal fees. This move could force the judge to order you to reimburse your partner. Make an effort of getting a lawyer within your budget to represent you.
Ignoring court orders
Not respecting court orders paints you as an arrogant individual and this personality might affect the final judgment. Attend court sessions on time to avoid misunderstandings.
Lying during divorce proceedings will give a wrong impression of yourself and the judge might not believe any word you say thereafter. Remain honest and be fair to the other party to make things easier for both of you.