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The mistakes people make during divorce

There are many emotional decisions that need to be made during divorce proceedings. Because of this, New Jersey couples facing divorce in their relationship may make some common mistakes. However, an awareness of these mistakes ahead of time can help make the divorce process go more smoothly and fairly.

The first mistake that many divorcing couples make is making decisions without understanding the repercussions. Taking advice from a friend who just went through a divorce can help, but couples may want to also consult with professionals such as mediators or attorneys. Obtaining as much accurate information as possible is always the best way to prepare oneself.

Couples should also avoid making decisions out of anger. Divorce is not a time to get back at a spouse. It is important to stick to the facts of the divorce to determine what can and cannot be done, what legal rights each party has and how best to handle the divorce in a sensible way so as to minimize the effects on children, jobs and on each party's health.

Additionally, although there will be a settlement at the end of the divorce proceedings, a person should not settle for less than they need. Child support and house payments are just two items that need to be thought out thoroughly so that the end result is fair and equitable for both parties.

Individuals going through a divorce should also try not to lose themselves in the proceedings. Plan everything carefully, budget, hire people to help and do whatever it takes to make good decisions regarding the divorce legal issues.

If a couple finds themselves contemplating a divorce, it is important to learn everything about how the process works, what rights each spouse has and how to proceed in a smart way. A legal professional can help sort out any complications and help make the emotional process less scary.

Source: Huffington Post, "The 5 worst mistakes people make during divorce," Michelle Rozen, July 24, 2013

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