Going through a divorce can create a lot of stress, and that means your judgment may not always be at its best. As a result, it’s easy to make critical mistakes that can have a significant impact later on. You can make your divorce a lot less stressful by remembering these three common errors many people make when going through a divorce:
- Making “snap” decisions. Divorce can be an emotional and trying time, and most people want nothing more than to be done with the whole process. Combine that desire to “get it over with” with judgment that’s impaired by stress, and you can wind up making some pretty poor decisions. That’s why it’s vitally important to speak with an attorney as early in the divorce process as possible to make sure you avoid making rash decisions and to understand all your options.
- Saying “no” to mediation. While it’s true that mediation doesn’t solve every issue for most couples, it can help iron out some concerns and make sure you and your spouse understand each other’s points of view. The primary goal of mediation is to provide a neutral atmosphere where both spouses feel their sides are being heard. Sometimes, that approach can help a couple make important decisions that would otherwise be left up to a judge to work out.
- Asking your kids to choose. You think you’re going through stress? Most kids find the divorce process much more stressful than their parents, primarily because they feel powerless – and they may even feel partly or wholly to blame. Your kids will be happiest when they feel free to love both parents, so avoid saying negative things about your spouse in front of them or trying to influence them in other ways.
At the law firm of E. Lindsay Blanks, we understand the stress and anxiety you’re facing. Let us help you determine your needs and explore all your options. Give us a call today at (843)-863-1800 to schedule a free consultation.