Here is the conclusion to our three-part blog The Do’s & Don’ts of Divorce: What You Need to Know.
More Divorce “Do’s”
Additional things to try to do as you prepare for and proceed through a divorce include to:
- Be honest when it comes to disclosing the marital property – Informing the courts of all of the marital assets is a critical step in the divorce process. While it may be tempting to try to hide some of these assets (to try to, for example, avoid having to split them with an ex), this is illegal and could have very negative repercussions in the future.In fact, if the court finds out that you’ve failed to disclose certain marital assets during a divorce, a previous decree can be thrown out, you can lose credibility with the court and you could even be charged with perjury (depending on the specifics of the case).
- Abide by all court orders – During some divorce cases, court orders regarding temporary spousal or child support, temporary custody agreements and/or even restraining orders may be issued – and they will likely stay in effect until the divorce is finalized. If any court order is issued in your divorce proceeding, make sure you comply with ALL of the terms of these orders.Violating court orders is serious, as it could result in you losing ground in your divorce and, in the most serious cases, you being on the receiving end of criminal charges and penalties.
- Consider whether it’s possible to resolve the divorce out of court – Not all divorce cases have to be resolved in court. In fact, mediation or arbitration can be effective processes to resolving divorces outside of court. While such alternative processes can cut down the time it takes to successfully resolve some divorces, they may also help both partners save a lot of money.
- Hire an experienced divorce attorney to represent you throughout the process – The single most important thing to remember when it comes to what you should do as you prepare for a divorce is to hire an experienced divorce attorney like those at Bahr and Kreidle. The fact is that divorce proceedings are not always straightforward or even easily resolved, and not having a lawyer on your side to fight for your interests could result in you losing your claim to various assets, being saddled with most (or even all) of the marital debt, losing custody of your children, etc.
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