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Common mistakes made in a divorce

On Behalf of | May 2, 2017 | Divorce, Firm News |

There are common mistakes that are made over and over in divorces involving Oregon couples. According to the Huffington Post, a top mistake is not understanding the legal process or the procedures involved. This means not knowing that there are options other than fighting it out in court, such as mediation, which can make it much easier to come to amicable decisions, or not understanding the details about child custody and support.

In addition, not having all the necessary financial information is another common mistake. Without all the financial details, a person is unable to know how much to ask for in support, including alimony. Assets may also not be disclosed and therefore not considered by the court if both parties are not aware of them.

USA Today notes focusing on little issues instead of paying attention to the big picture leads to many mistakes in a divorce. People should always understand the tax implications of any money they will receive in a settlement. For example, alimony is taxable while child support is not. There is also often an issue with keeping the family home. Some people let their emotions get in the way without seeing how trying to maintain the home would be impossible once the family income is split in two.

A divorce is a serious situation. Emotions may be high, and each party may be unwilling to work towards an agreeable solution. However, when people jump into a divorce without thinking things through, they make mistakes. It can be hard to set emotions and conflicts aside, but that is something that needs to be done. It is only with a clear head that the parties can negotiate and come to an agreement that works for everyone.