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Top 10 Divorce Mistakes

Going Through a Divorce? Avoid These 10 Common Mistakes.

Sometimes, knowing what not to do is more important than knowing what to do. By avoiding the mistakes here, you are very likely to get a better—and less expensive—result. Get in touch with our Atlanta divorce attorneys today to find out how we can help you navigate the divorce process.

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  • Mistake 1: Not Obtaining Legal Advice

    Whether you choose our firm or another, talk to a family law attorney. While there are likely people in your life—friends, relatives, or clergy—whose judgment you respect, unless they happen to be experienced lawyers, you are making a mistake in taking their advice.

  • Mistake 2: Not Taking Your Lawyer’s Advice

    It is important to make your own decisions based on the advice of your attorney. At Berry Family Law Group, we encourage that. However, many people simply ignore their attorney’s advice altogether. You are paying him or her for their expertise, so do yourself a favor—listen to your lawyer.

  • Mistake 3: Making a Decision Based on Emotion

    One of the great things about good legal advice is that it comes without passion. A divorce brings a range of emotions—anger, guilt, remorse, anxiety. These are natural and you will experience one or more of them. That is to be expected; but don’t let them drive your decision-making.

  • Mistake 4: Not Being Completely Candid with Your Lawyer

    The only way we can properly represent you is if you are completely upfront and candid with us. We cannot over-emphasize the importance of this fact. At Berry Family Law Group, we are not here to judge you. We are here to fight for you. Don’t tie our hands.

  • Mistake 5: Making Verbal “Side Agreements” with Your Soon-to-be-Ex

    It is very difficult, and often impossible, to enforce agreements that are not part of a final settlement or decree. The final Settlement Agreement is designed to protect you. Often these side-agreements lead to confusion, hurt feelings, and more litigation.

  • Mistake 6: Believing Your Spouse’s Attorney Will “Take Care of Everything”

    Your spouse’s attorney has one client and one interest – your spouse. There is too much at stake for you to not have counsel.

  • Mistake 7: Not Being Engaged in Your Divorce

    We never forget that this is your case. We don’t want you to forget it either. Don’t let family, friends, or even your attorney take control of the process or your decision-making. In the end, none of those people have to live with your decisions; you do.

  • Mistake 8: Involving Your Children in the Divorce

    If you are going through a divorce, it is incredibly important that you protect your children from the negative aspects of the dispute. Even when they disagree, parents should work together to shield children from contentious issues and instead work together to ensure their children have the support they need during this incredibly difficult transition.

  • Mistake 9: Using the Divorce to “Get Back At” Your Spouse

    The central purpose of your divorce is to provide a clean start in the next chapter of your life and the lives of your children. It is not meant for exacting revenge.

  • Mistake 10: Beginning/Continuing a Romantic Relationship before the Divorce is Concluded

    If you are still married you should hold off on any romantic entanglements. If not, your spouse may use your new relationship against you in the divorce case. Also, a new relationship can unnecessarily inflame emotions and make resolution more difficult—and more expensive.

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