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What typical mistakes do people make during a divorce?

Getting a divorce is not always easy for individuals in Virginia. That's because the process can sometimes become a long drawn out event, and during this time both spouses' emotions can really take a beating. But it's important to remember that the entire divorce process is fraught with common mistakes that people make time and time again. What are some of these very common errors that people make during their divorce?

Many professionals believe that one of the first mistakes people make is failing to choose the right divorce method for them. The process of divorce offers many different options for spouses that they may not know exist. These include mediation, collaborative law and negotiation. Of course, a traditional divorce trial that his held in a courtroom is still an option, but it's important for spouses to choose a method of divorce that works best for them.

Another common mistake that people make during a divorce is failing to understand what their full financial situation is. Too often spouses may not know all of the specific assets that they own or exactly how much debt they have. This puts them at a distinct disadvantage during a divorce and it leaves them totally unprepared for their future. Understanding one's finances can really help someone with their divorce case.

Divorcing spouses should also remember to never post any information about their divorce on any social media pages. They should also never post any emotional rants about their soon-to-be ex on social media. That's because anything posted on social media can be used by the other spouse to strengthen their case.

Divorcing spouses must also make sure that they understand what the tax implications of their divorce are. However, any Virginia resident who is getting a divorce may want to speak to a divorce attorney in order to find out additional common mistakes that divorcing spouses make.

Source: The Huffington Post, "10 legal mistakes people make during a divorce (and how not to make them)", Karen Covey, July 20, 2015

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