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Be sure to avoid these divorce mistakes

The divorce process is full of twists and turns, thus making it easy to lose track of what you're doing. When you add in a variety of emotions, it's not out of the question that you could make a mistake or two.

Here are three common divorce mistakes that have hindered many others before you:

  • Unrealistic expectations regarding property division: It's your legal right to fight for what you deserve in your divorce, but being unrealistic will only make the process more challenging. Go into your divorce with an open mind and the willingness to negotiate and compromise.
  • Putting your children in the middle: If you have children with your spouse, it's your job to shield them from the process. Putting them in the middle, such as by threatening to keep them from your co-parent will only make matters worse.
  • Jumping into a big purchase: You may need to make big purchases in the near future, such as a car and/or home. However, do your best to avoid this during the divorce process. An expensive purchase too soon can give the wrong impression. Your spouse may believe you're using funds they're entitled to keep.

Avoiding these divorce mistakes is easier said than done. However, when you have a clear idea of what you want to accomplish, you can focus your time and energy on the divorce process and the steps you'll take to protect your legal rights. This will give you the peace of mind you're seeking during this difficult time of your life.

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