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When considering a divorce try not to make these mistakes

Many New Jersey residents are considering divorce. Although divorce is common it still doesn't make it an easy decision or an easy process to go through. Careful planning and consideration should be done in advance to make the divorce proceedings go more smoothly and fairly.

According to a recent article in the Huffington Post, there are 5 mistakes people make when considering a divorce. The first of these mistakes is not meeting with a financial planner before entering mediation. It is important for a spouse to know how they stand financially and what they potentially need for income after the divorce is finalized. Another mistake is not knowing what a person has before telling their spouse they want a divorce. An inventory of household items, financial records, credit reports, and establishing separate bank accounts are critical before proceeding. Emotions are incredibly strong during divorce proceedings so establishing a support network of friends and family members can help a person through the tough emotional times. Also, determine what the reasons are for why a divorce is wanted and make sure these reasons are strong enough to not bring about regret in the future. Finally, it is not a good idea to quit a job or cut down on hours during divorce proceedings in hopes of having less alimony or child support to pay. A judge will almost always catch this deceitful behavior.

New Jersey residents who are considering divorce may find it helpful to meet with a legal professional who is skilled in family law. The attorney can help a person develop a plan and lead them through the many intricate steps involved. Divorce legal issues can be complicated and a competent attorney may be able to work out a fair agreement for both spouses.

Divorce is a reality for many New Jersey residents. It is important to carefully plan both before and during a divorce proceeding. Divorce is not easy but with good decisions a person can make it through and be at peace.

Source: Huffington Post, "The 5 biggest mistake people make when considering a divorce, Debbie Martinez, Oct. 15, 2013

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