Going through a divorce can be a stressful time. In fact, many researchers say that divorce is one of the most stressful life experiences. During this time, while you are undergoing a lot of emotional turmoil, you may make mistakes that could hurt you and your divorce agreement. Here are some things to avoid during a divorce so that you can protect yourself and your interests.
1. Don't Leave The House
As you and your spouse are fighting you might be tempted to leave the house. You may think it is better to move out and get away from the contention. Although it would be easier on your nerves, it will be harder legally. When you leave the house you give your spouse possession of the house. This means that your spouse can change the locks, and even prevent you from getting your own personal property. This won't last forever, but it could take some time before your lawyer can get a legal document forcing your spouse to let you back onto the property. If the situation is unsafe and you must leave the property, get as much as you can before you go, and know that you may not get back onto the property until the divorce has been finalized.
2. Don't Start Another Relationship
In your pain you may be tempted to start another relationship. If your marriage has been hard for years prior you may finally feel free and ready to begin a new life. It is important that you wait to start any new relationships until the divorce has been finalized. Infidelity is one of the biggest reasons people file for a fault divorce. If you have been unfaithful to your spouse, they may be entitled to more of the estate. This is why you need to keep your profile off dating websites; don't start dating, and most definitely don't move in with anyone until the divorce has been finalized.
3. Don't Leave The Children
Custody battles can get messy. You need to prove to the judge, and to your spouse, that you are fit to keep the children. If you abandon the children, you practically say that you don't believe that the day-to-day care of your children is your responsibility. You don't know how long it will last to get the divorced finalized and if you abandon your children there is a chance that your child will stay in your spouse's care that whole time.
By avoiding these mistakes you can protect yourself during a divorce. Contact a family lawyer for more tips.