It’s tough to divorce without battling a lot of emotions, but a better understanding of the big picture can help you divorce with minimal regrets. Learn how to avoid some of the most costly, agonizing, and devastating mistakes when divorcing in Naples, Florida.
Mistake #1: Not Properly Strategizing When to File
The Huffington Post warns that the date you file for divorce is important because it establishes a cut-off for claims against certain marital assets, including 401Ks. Get an experienced attorney’s help when determining the best time to file.
Mistake #2: Just Handing Divorce Papers to Your Spouse.
No matter how civil things are between you, without a formal verification, your spouse could decide to deny that the papers were ever served.
Mistake #3: Guessing on Your Financial Information.
Not only could this mistake cause you to actually lose money, but you could also lose credibility with the courts! An attorney can help make sure you’re presenting your financial information accurately.
Mistake #4: Downplaying the Need for a Separation Agreement.
Don’t assume you’ll be fine just “winging it” – especially if you have kids. Separation agreements can add a much needed layer of stability to a chaotic time, as well as legally ensuring necessary financial arrangements until everything is settled. Separation agreements also handle key factors like child custody and visitation. Talk to your attorney about the separation agreement that’s best for you and your family.
Mistake #5: Being Unreasonable in Negotiations
this only slows down the process and makes for a more frustrating, more costly divorce.
Mistake #6: Forgetting About Property Taxes
Divorce Magazine points out that while many people think they “won” in a divorce by getting awarded a house or other property, they forget how the property taxes will affect them down the road!
Mistake #7: Neglecting Your Wills and Trusts
Doing so could mean that your wishes are ignored and your estate goes to your ex-spouse after you die. Ask an attorney to help you update and adjust your wills and trusts to reflect your divorce and the resulting future beneficiaries.
Mistake #8: Delaying in Getting Professional, Experienced Legal Help
Being informed helps you properly prepare for the upcoming deadlines, decisions, changes, and pushbacks, and is essential to maintaining the life you want after divorce. Take advantage of free, no obligation services like our 30 minute free consultation and avoid unnecessary headache and heartache.
Whether you’re considering divorce or already in the process, The Law Offices of Michael M. Raheb, P.A. can help you achieve the results that are best for you and your family! Worried that you’ve already made some of the mistakes mentioned above? It might not be too late to turn things around! Call us at 239-226-0888 or contact us online.
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