Divorce is stressful, especially for those that make mistakes along the way. Staying objective and keeping a clear mind is not easy with so many emotions involved. There are decisions to be made at every turn and making the wrong ones can end up hurting people later. There are common issues to be aware of and separating partners should be better equipped to make informed choices.
Although some couples may want to divorce as quickly as possible, it is important to look at the big picture. Unless safety is an issue, moving out with the children without telling anyone could have serious repercussions. Posting negative comments on social media about the spouse is ill-advised, since this can be used in court. It is also best to refrain from saying negative things to the children or doing anything to intentionally hurt the spouse.
Though it may seem counterintuitive, both spouses should remain on the family’s health insurance plan. If one has a health issue that needs regular care, removing them could be detrimental, since the other may be responsible for any uncovered medical costs.
Many divorcing spouses also choose to hide assets. This can seem like a good idea at the time, but most get caught. This can lead to paying out more to the other spouse. Also, deciding to handle things without a lawyer could be a mistake, especially if it is contentious or if there are assets involved.
One of the first actions to take during a divorce is to close all joint accounts, otherwise both spouses could be held liable for debt. Assets such as IRAs, other investments, and property should all be dealt with carefully, due to future tax implications. Taxes will also figure into alimony payments. Gathering financial documentation should be done thoroughly, since certain information might be needed in the future. This includes receipts for home purchases, repairs and improvements, Social Security statements, financial account balances and account numbers, and each spouse’s earnings records.
Staying objective throughout the process is not easy, and little things, like arguing over inconsequential personal items, can lead to larger problems. Learning to compromise will smooth things along and can save both spouses money and heartbreak. This also includes children’s visitation schedules.
Divorcing couples may disagree with the judge and court-ordered decisions, but these must be followed. Those who go against these decisions may be fined, ordered to pay more lawyer fees, held in contempt, or even put in jail. It is best to accept the decision when it is handed down and deal with its repercussions.
If you are seeking sound legal guidance with any matters pertaining to divorce, contact an experienced Eatontown divorce attorney at Fox & Melofchik, L.L.C. We will help you through the divorce process. For a free consultation, complete an online form today or call us at 732-493-9400. Located in Eatontown, New Jersey, we serve clients throughout Monmouth County, Ocean County, Middlesex County, Mercer County, Ocean Township, Fair Haven, Eatontown, Red Bank, Tinton Falls, Shrewsbury, Middletown Township, Wall Township, Sea Girt, and Spring Lake.