Top don’ts when filing for divorce

Ending a relationship is never easy. It is difficult to forget all the good times you had with your former spouse. While pain is unavoidable, there are some things you can do to improve your situation and avoid regrets later.

Prevent pregnancy

It is tempting to reconcile with your partner but it can only complicate things, depending on the circumstances of your divorce. Although single parents can have similar rights as married ones, having a child during a divorce can be problematic.

Change your will

Unless you want to reward your former spouse for all his or her wrongdoings, it is important you update your will. It is possible to redo your will and change the beneficiaries. However, if you die before getting a divorce, your former spouse may be able to recover part of your estate.

Mediation and a collaborative divorce

Some couples like to get others involved when filing for divorce. Whether that includes therapists, divorce coaches or attorneys, they can help you manage the emotional stress of divorce. A less contentious divorce process is also cost-effective and less time-consuming. You may consider mediation as well. Just remember this is an ongoing process and it can be costly if you are not careful. Ask your Salt Lake City divorce attorney what’s the most effective approach.

Don’t blame your kids

This is a common scenario for many divorcing couples. It is easy to take it out of the kids but you shouldn’t. Focus on things that matter to them such as school, homework, and extracurricular activities. Take them out to places or events they enjoy. Remember if you are calm they will be calm as well. It is okay telling your older children but they should not have to choose between you and your former spouse. Things may not have worked out for you and your ex, but that’s your child’s mom or dad. You should never say negative things about them in front of your children.

Don’t avoid seeing a therapist

It might be the best thing you can do for yourself. You will experience a range of negative emotions when going through a divorce and it is important that you learn healthy coping techniques. These professionals can teach you how to effectively communicate with your children and former spouse.

Don’t forget your taxes

It is common for the custodial parent to get the house. However, if you are the custodial parent and you can’t afford the house, it might be best to keep other assets instead. Property taxes and home maintenance can be very costly.

Don’t get in debt

Divorce can be very expensive if you don’t plan ahead. It is best if you get used to having fewer commodities now rather than getting more in debt. Your legal bills, alimony payments, and other obligations are not very forgiving. It may all seem stressful now but it will get better down the road as you gain financial independence.

If you intend to file for divorce, call The Ault Firm today and schedule your initial case assessment with Salt Lake City family law attorney Christopher M. Ault.