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Common mistakes during a divorce

Some people going through a divorce find the process distressing. However, acting out of anger or making decisions in a hasty manner during a divorce is a mistake. According to a divorce mediator, spouses, including those in Clarksville, can take steps to avoid making some common missteps.

A spouse may make the mistake of trying to use the court system to punish his or her spouse in an attempt at revenge or to teach the other a lesson. However, this tactic may backfire or may cause more harm to the spouse's children, reputation or career. Instead, an individual should concentrate on the facts of the case and avoid drama that is not necessary. Another common mistake is for spouses to make important decisions without really understanding the future implications of these decisions. A spouse should become informed about all things related to the divorce, such as Tennessee laws pertaining to marital assets, common child custody and visitation schedules, and rules pertaining to child support and spousal support. Seeking the advice of seasoned professionals can help spouses make decisions that are based on the law and their best interests. This strategy also helps spouses become aware of all of their options and the future implications of each option.

Another common mistake that spouses sometimes make is settling for less than they need or deserve. Sometimes spouses agree to be committed to large alimony payments that they may not be able to afford. Other spouses may agree to a property settlement that is not fair. Having the advice of legal counsel can help avoid this problem.

Tennessee family law attorneys assist individuals through the divorce process. They can advise spouses about important aspects of their case, including child custody, child support, spousal support and the division of marital assets.

Source: Huffington Post, "The 5 Worst Mistakes People Make During Divorce", Michelle Rozen, July 24, 2013