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3 Things You Can Do To Protect Yourself During A Divorce

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Divorces happen every day. There are many people that divorce, and everyone's divorce arrangement will look different. Some people are able to make it work the first time, while others are fighting for years over money and kids. The very best way to do a divorce is to get it right the first time so that you can both move on with your life. Here are some things that you need to know about a divorce.

1. Expect The Worst

Although this may sound depressing, it is important that you protect yourself for the worst-case scenario. At this current point in time, you and your ex-spouse may be getting along. You both are able to be kind to each other and work things out amicably. That is great, and you shouldn't fight for no reason, but on the back end, you need to expect the worse. When you sit down with your attorney to write up the agreement, make sure that you are putting provisions into the agreement if things get bad. For instance, you should make sure that there are provisions to protect your money, stipulations for custody and child support, and so forth. Hopefully you will never have to fight about any of these things, but just in case it goes badly, then you are already prepared for it.

2. Don't Rush Dating

One mistake that people make when they are going through a divorce is starting a relationship too quickly. You may have been in a loveless marriage and are looking forward to finding companionship so you enter the dating scene quickly. However, this can actually hurt your case. If it looks like you were unfaithful or you had a relationship with someone when you were still technically married, it can really hurt your chances of getting alimony if applicable, or cause you to pay more alimony if applicable. This is why it is better to just wait until everything is finalized legally. During this time, stay off all dating websites and don't start dating or having sexual relationships.

3. Think About The Kids

Lastly, you should always be thinking about what the kids needs. Keep your spouse and your disagreements separate from what the kids need. They should never be used as a weapon and they shouldn't be put in the middle of your fights. Instead, fight over property and money, but leave the kids out of it. Do custody agreements based on what is best for the children.

By doing these things, you can protect yourself during a divorce. Talk to a lawyer like those at Armstrong Betker and Schaeffer PLC to learn more.


16 November 2017