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5 common mistakes to avoid during a divorce settlement

On Behalf of | May 22, 2024 | DIVORCE - Divorce |

Divorce is a complex and emotionally charged process that involves making several legal, financial and personal decisions. With the overwhelming pressure of the process, it is not uncommon for individuals to find themselves entangled in common pitfalls that can significantly impact the outcome of their settlement.

1. Letting emotions take control

Divorce is understandably an emotions-filled process. Accordingly, many parties make decisions based on emotions rather than a careful review of the facts and circumstances. This often leads to regrettable outcomes in a divorce settlement.

2. Failing to be explicit

Not being thorough with the divorce settlement agreement, such as the terms of property and debt division and the specifics of child custody and visitation, can lead to regrets and future legal disputes.

3. Undervaluing assets

Sometimes, people, not only divorcing parties, fail to recognize the true value of retirement accounts, real estate or businesses, which can lead to an unfair distribution of assets during crucial situations, such as divorce settlements. This is why it is important to have professionals properly value assets before discussions.

4. Overlooking tax implications

Divorce settlements can have significant tax consequences. It is important to consider the tax implications of property division, spousal support and child support. Many parties overlook this important aspect since they focus too much on what they will receive or how much they have to pay for support.

5. Refusing to seek professional advice

Attempting to navigate a divorce without the help of a professional can result in overlooking important details and making costly mistakes. Seeking guidance from professionals, such as an attorney knowledgeable in the divorce process, can help divorcing parties see the bigger picture and make informed decisions.

Being aware of these common mistakes can help you proactively address issues that may arise before, during and after your divorce settlement.