If you are in the middle of a divorce, you may feel like you are already overwhelmed by everything that’s going on. However, there are a few things you can do to make your divorce a lot more manageable, and avoid unnecessary stress. Here are five tips to follow to protect yourself during your divorce:
- Be careful what you put on social media
- Almost everyone has at least one social media account these days, with some people posting fairly regularly. What some people realize far too late is that their spouses can see what they post on social media. More than one divorcing spouse has gone into court only to find their posts and pictures in a court filing. The more careful you are about your social media, the lower the chance you have of your words being turned against you.
- Watch yourself around your children
- Showing care about your children during a divorce is not just a matter of helping them deal with the difficulties they are going through,it is also a good way to avoid unnecessary legal complications later on. Some parents may think it is a good idea, for example, to try to turn their children against their spouse. Far from getting their children on their side, this behavior often makes it that much harder to get favorable decisions from the court. Watching your words, on the other hand, can make your life much easier in the long run.
- Be flexible with scheduling
- Unless you are living with your spouse while you are divorcing them, chances are that you have some kind of visitation arrangement worked out with your spouse. That said, it is rare for people to stick to that rigid schedule, with most people needing to make adjustments based on unforeseen circumstances. When that happens, it can be tempting to stand your ground and not give in to your spouse’s demands. Far from showing your strength, though, this gives the impression of immaturity. Being flexible, on the other hand, is a good way to give yourself a better chance with other issues that may come up.
- Pick your battles
- Divorce proceedings tend to involve a great deal of animosity, simply because of the personal nature of divorce. In that environment, you may want to fight your spouse on everything, if only to spite them. Not only will this drag out your divorce case far longer than it needs to be, it may make the judge less likely to rule in your favor on the things that really matter. If you pick your battles, you give yourself a better chance of getting what you really want out of the divorce.
- Don’t try to handle everything yourself
- Far too many people think they can handle a divorce all by themselves. Like any court case, though, there are many legal issues that can arise that regular people are not well-equipped to handle. Getting a divorce lawyer may seem expensive, but in the long run, it could save you a great deal of time and money, and save you from unnecessary legal troubles. First, though, you should contact a lawyer with knowledge of divorce and family law who can advise you on your next course of action.
If you are going through a divorce, or are planning to, an experienced attorney can help protect your finances and legal rights. Whether your divorce involves a situation with complex assets or few assets, an experienced matrimonial attorney can help ensure an outcome that protects your interests. The divorce lawyers at Blodnick, Fazio & Clark are skilled and experienced in representing clients in all aspects of matrimonial and family law. Call (516) 280-7105 or fill out our contact form to arrange a free consultation.